Why Go Back to the Old Ways?: Bilingual Education and Ethnoregenesis among the ’Weenhayek of the Bolivian Gran Chaco
2012 (English)In: The Past Ahead: Language, Culture and Identity in the Neotropics / [ed] Christian Isendahl, Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2012, 1, 59-78 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
In southern Bolivia, the ‘Weenhayek people, traditional foragers, have returned to their old ways, at least symbolically. During a cultural festival in 2004 this was openly and publicly manifested with traditional outfit, old songs, and signs in the ‘Weenhayek language. For around half a century their music and language had been muted. Their traditional clothing had been gone even longer. The reason for this switch in attitude towards their own heritage raises questions about the formation of ethnic identity - ethnogenesis as well as ethnoregenesis - in general.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala universitet, 2012, 1. 59-78 p.
Studies in Global Archaeology, ISSN 1651-1255 ; 18
Ethnogenesis, ethnoregenesis, Mataco, 'Weenhayek, Bolivia, ethnicity, cultural festival
Research subject Cultural Anthropology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-189840ISBN: 978-91-506-2289-8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-189840DiVA: diva2:582417