Chipaya, 3rd EUAV Mission In The Field: a photo-reportage

(Chipaya, 3rd EUAV Mission In The Field: 23-28 March, 2017 – Oruro Dept., Bolivia)

This time, I propose an open, personal, “non-linear-but-coherent” visual presentation that
wants to portray various on-going works in the field, the variable everyday life in the village
of Chipaya and the fascinating atmosphere surrounding the Andes Region.
I invite you to take a look at the visual report of our third mission in the field as
EUAidVolunteers within the framework of the project “Qnas Soni”, managed by GVC Bolivia
and Cebem (Centro Boliviano de Estudios Multidisciplinarios), financed by the EU and AICS.

Chipaya community is actually tackling a huge plague affecting quinoa cultivations in
several “cantones” (districts). The discussion of the new “Estatuto de la Autonomia Indigena”, official act on the recognition of this antique native population’s legal autonomy,
is still going on. The tourist project – part of the community resilience strategy plan – is in
monitoring (discussion meetings with local stakeholders, inventory, planning) and
documenting (photo, videos, notes) phase. Finally, during the next months will be
implemented a new “Radio Chipaya Project” that will include the local population in the
media creation. Stay tuned for more information!

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Sunset at Wistrullani district: terrific cohesion of history, nature and culture.

Since few weeks (April 2017), a huge plague is attacking Chipaya’s quinoa cultivations: it’s already declared emergency.

Touch of color, the traditional Chipaya’s women gown.

View on the great “Altiplano Andino” (Andes Region) @ Wistrullani’s district, nearby Coipasa salt flat.

Par for the course: what to do? Stay tuned to see if and how we did it, or not.

Traditional elder authorities’ male costume.

Working group on Chipaya’s legal autonomy: a great occasion for the next generations?

Preparation of an early preventive, simply repellent measure to tackle the huge plague.

Make a virtue out of necessity: the struggle against the plague have reinforced Chipaya’s community cohesiveness, based on the principle of “trabajo comunitario” (social, shared community work).

In the field: GVC/Cebem team meeting the native authorities.

Sunset at Chipaya central square: this is the only bus connecting the village to the nearest city, Oruro.

Funny, genuine gathering with the local future authorities.

Team supervision on plague attack: sharing first impressions and ideas.

Worried faces, is it a catastrophe? We all have the responsibility to help and take care of this gigantic plague attacking the local community.

“El pueblo Chipaya”: the village, waiting for the next seasonal storm on the “Altiplano Andino” (Andes Region).

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