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Si Somos Americanos

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GAVILAN VEGA, Vivian. Mobility and migratory processes of the Chipaya community towards northern Chile. Si Somos Americanos [online]. 2019, vol.19, n.2, pp.7-25. ISSN 0719-0948.

This study presents the results of research conducted on the movements and migratory processes of the Chipaya people towards the Chilean north. The main focus of the research is the situation and condition of migrants in northern Chile who come from the town of Santa Ana (Bolivia). Women and men who had lived in different locations for at least four years were interviewed using a qualitative approach. The data show that historical seasonal displacements have tended to be replaced by permanence in towns and cities. Although the subjects of the study maintain their connections to their community of origin, they have distanced themselves from the rural life and undergone a process of depeasantization and the translocalization of the community's social networks in urban spaces. The study reveals the socio-economic, socio-ethnic and cultural dynamics of one of the indigenous peoples of the Andean south that has received little attention from scholars in the 21st century.

Palabras clave : Chipayas; cross-border migration; indigenous peoples.

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