Ayamara Woman, Bolivia

in Stories

“Many of the kids from upper-class families in Zona Sur, Bolivia have their kids looked after by Indigenous women, which are Aymara women. There is a name that often goes around labelling such women as ‘Cholo’ – a derogatory way of naming the Spanish accent of the indigenous people.

One time I was talking to some parents at a party and they would say how they don’t understand what their kids say anymore. That they almost need subtitles to understand them – because of the way the nannies have influenced how they speak.

Now that’s a big exaggeration, but the point is, people from these regions in Bolivia don’t value Aymara culture, even though there’s a law that all kids have to learn Aymara in school, here in La Paz”. Maria Borda, Anthropologist from Bolivia