Posts Tagged ‘ethnography’

Cartonera Yerba Mala publishes first trilingual book

The cartonera publishing houses started after the economic collapse in Argentina in 2001,  when many new social and economic models started to emerge. The cartonera (or cardboard recyclers) movement started when garbage recyclers began to coordinate with writers and artists to publish books with individually decorated recycled cardboard covers at a price everyone could afford. These cardboard books address the need for higher wages for informal garbage collectors, improving literacy rates, and the ability for a wide variety of voices to be published. I started writing this story about Ekeko the Aymara god of abundance, the first time I visited Bolivia in 1997. The final version of this creative anthropological book was published in a trilingual English, Spanish and Aymara edition through Cartonera Yerba Mala in 2010.

Cholita fashion in Bolivia

Chuck Sturtevant and I did the interviews for this short video during the 2007 Cholita Fashion Show at the Hotel Presidente in La Paz, Boliva. This show happened at around the same time is the Miss Bolivia contest in Santa Cruz, which provided a cultural reference point for the event in La Paz.