We believe the world can be a better place. We believe that humanity has a higher, aspiring destination. We know that through mutual respect conflicts will subside. We know that by understanding our differences we can help one another. We believe that our Mother Earth and our Universe can provide unlimited resources for every man, woman and child to live in peace, happiness and love.As stewards of the human race we have an intrinsic responsibility to do what we can to improve our world as much as possible. The majority of human existence has been dominated by so-called Native groups, also known as tribal folk, original residents, indigenous people, aboriginals, First Nations, traditional ethnicities, autochthonous societies, autochthonal cultures, et. At some point, of course, our ancestors were the same regardless of current culture, creed or color.
Regrettably, in the past half a millennium, thousands of unique tribal groups have disappeared due to misunderstanding, impudence and ethnocentrism. Aspects of colonialism, capitalism, racism and politicization have directly and circuitously destroyed myriad native cultures, each a once-valuable resource to our planet.
Of the nearly 7000 languages currently spoken on our planet, over 6000 are in immediate danger of becoming extinct. Nearly all, being ethnic indigenous. We believe the very few Native groups that remain on earth should be cherished and carefully supported. Unfortunately, we are on the brink of losing our connection with indigenous spirit, wisdom and traditional knowledge.
For more than a quarter-century those of us behind AKATAKSA/ANDESAMAZON have dedicated our professional interests in documenting traditional South American indigenous cultures, especially through their material culture. Our field studies have led us to some of the most remote people on the continent. We have witnessed Native Americans existing exactly as their ancestors did in prehistoric times and others who have jumped from 18th-century existence to 21st-century reality in the blink of an eye. Our ethnographic investigations have resulted in preserving valuable data related to linguistics, cultural history, ethno-environmental relationships, socio-cultural organization, cosmology, mythology, spirituality and of course, material culture.
We have a detailed proposal for a magnificent cultural center-museum aimed at stimulating interest in past and present indigenous cultures. Our unique idea is not just to show beautiful objects on display. Ours is to share the entire background of a piece, not only from a scientific or scholarly point of view but also from a cultural and spiritual perspective as well. This holistic approach to understanding indigenous material culture shall include accompanying photographs, films, recorded testimonials, music, related specimens and even field notes.We want to inspire our visitors to continue their own investigations into realms of mysterious phenomena that we really know very little about. Apart from receiving monies for researching indigenous material culture, our sales contribute toward expanding interest in past cultures and ways of life.
Not only can ones´ personal environment be enhanced with beautiful and interesting objects, but the benefits of knowing about different ideologies, unique ways of life and past or nearly-extinct traditions are utterly invaluable. We hope that whatever understanding, knowledge and insights are obtained from our objects will be shared with companions, friends and especially children. In this small way, we feel inspired in preserving something of native cultures and making the world a better place. Thanks for working with us. A BEAUTIFUL HISTORIC AYMARA INDIAN CHIEF´S PONCHO FROM NEAR SACRED LAKE TITIKAKA, BOLIVIA.
Origin: Greater Umanata (Humanata) Pueblo, northeast of Sacred Lake Titikaka, about 13,800 feet elevation, Eliodoro Camacho Province, Department of La Paz, Bolivia, South America. This special lot consists of an absolutely beautiful and scarce indigenous Native American hand-woven warp-faced punchu (poncho) of historic age. The textile was woven in two pieces joined together with a center seam, leaving an opening in the middle for the wearer´s head. Each of the two pieces has finished edge selvage. The tips of the corners were folded and sewn down to slightly round them off.
This is a large example about 120 years old that comes from a region about 15 miles from Sacred Lake Titikaka and less than 10 miles from the Peruvian border. Until recent years this area was exceptionally remote. Since late Colonial times the inhabitants of the high Umanata valleys have spoken the Aymara language although they are descended from Pukina speakers as documented by Spanish chroniclers in the 17th century. Pukina was the royal language of the Incas and is still spoken in secret among Kallawaya tribesmen who live farther to the northeast. The field is attractive dark burgundy-red in color not as brownish as some monitors might suggest.
The field color exhibits no fading and is identical to known examples died with natural maknu (magno) berries (an unidentified Solanum species). There are wide, lateral double-bands in variegated forest green and beautiful rust colors.The green bands have definitely muted with age indicating the yarns were dyed with aniline powders. With the textile in hand, the fading and splotches that appear in the photos are not quite as pronounced. The rust bands show no fading or discoloration, suggesting their yarns were dyed with natural, albeit unknown, sources.
The camera we used has picked up variations in the colors that are impossible to see with the naked eye. Physically, the field is a gorgeous shade of burgundy red and the rich rust and green bands are basically homogeneous, uniform hues of the same color.The next owner of this piece will not be disappointed. The poncho is very supple and woven from fine alpaca wool with a little mixture of fine llama wool. The weave is thin and tight with about 46 warps per inch and 13 wefts per inch. A natural-dyed blue trade ribbon of braided sheep wool was added to the periphery to protect the edges. That ribbon has all but disappeared due to age and insect consummation but the decorative cotton thread used to secure the trimming is still extant, exhibiting a meandering pattern with floral designs at the corners.
An embroidered rosette below the neck consists of the same cotton thread. It is curious that the blue sheep wool ribbon was adversely affected by pests but the camelid yarns were left entirely unharmed. The hidden weft consists of two-ply, dark and light brown alpaca yarns. In the Umanata region, ponchos woven for Indian leaders (male and female) were traditionally decorated with cotton thread-embroidered design work.Historically, Umanata leaders rode horses as symbols of their authority -- a custom that continues even today. Note that the aperture for the head is located decidedly forward the center of the poncho. This allowed the longer end of the textile to flow over the saddle and completely cover the back of the rider.
The embroidered rosette would be located on the chest of the wearer. This is a very beautiful and desirable historic textile that flows elegantly on a mannequin or poncho stand or d isplays admirably and flat on a wall. Please refer to the ANDES AMAZON "DATING" TERMS. Materials: The warp yarns consist of hand-spun, two-ply dyed alpaca wool with a minor amount of llama wool.
The weft is hand-spun two-ply natural alpaca wool. The embroidered thread, which varies significantly in thickness, appears to be wheel-spun cotton fiber. Approximate Size: 61 inches by 57 inches. Condition: VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT, used condition.Overall the dyed colors of the poncho are strong and vibrant, however, the green bands have lightly faded splotches. There is a single small spot with very old and excellent native repair that is quite difficult to detect. It is in the burgundy field, oval in shape and measures only one inch by one-half inch. The muted green bands and tiny repair are fairly insignificant and do not detract from the gorgeous aesthetics of this textile. Please refer to the photos, the above description and the ANDES AMAZON TEXTILE "CONDITION" TERMS.
The disadvantage is that items will not arrive quickly. Items to the United States of America have arrived in as few as ten days. Our offices are not in close proximity to international postal service. We promise to continue providing detailed and accurate information related to age, origin, condition and descriptions as we have for the past 15 years.
PREHISTORIC, PRE-COLUMBIAN, ANCIENT = Before around A. 19th CENTURY = 1800 to 1899. TURN OF THE 19TH CENTURY = 1890 to 1910.EARLY-20TH CENTURY = 1900 to 1933. MID-20TH CENTURY = 1934 to 1966. LATE-20TH CENTURY = 1967 to 1999.
TURN OF THE 20TH CENTURY = 1995 to 2005. EARLY-21ST CENTURY = 2000 to Present. ANTIQUE = Over 50 years old. VINTAGE = Over 30 years old.
CONTEMPORARY = Made in the last 5 years. CIRCA = Approximately/around/within a few years of. ANDES AMAZON TEXTILE CONDITION TERMS. Terms used to describe the physical condition of textiles can be subjective and vary greatly from one observer to another. What some others call mint condition, we call good; what others call excellent condition, we call fair.
Following are explanations of the terms we use. Unused -- as if recently removed from the loom. No wear or patina of any kind.
These textiles may have nubs or even loose, uncut threads from the weaving process. EXCELLENT = Usually only lightly used, often guarded or stored for many years.
There may be extremely light wear, patina and sheen from use. There may also be nearly undetectable light staining or soiling from use. The colors may have muted ever so slightly due to age or exposure, often improving the beauty of a textile.
VERY GOOD = Usually lightly or only periodically used. The surface may be very lightly but evenly worn. There are no tears or distracting holes. There may be minimal surface discoloration. Vintage textiles may have lightly darkened yarn from use and age (staining and soiling).
Overall, the textile will be in outstanding condition and at a displayable distance will appear perfect. GOOD = Usually moderately to well-used. There may be light to medium staining, isolated or throughout. Some parts of the textile may be worn or have very small holes, occasionally exposing hidden thread yarns.Edges may be lightly frayed. Surface discoloration due to age and exposure is common but often improving the appearance of a textile. There may be minor, light or isolated, dye run. Damage will not distract significantly from the textile when displayed. FAIR = Either well-used or moderately abused. Extensive wear is common as is some bleeding or dye run.
In most 20th century cases, the colors have considerably faded. Sections of fringe or tassels may be missing. Textiles may be in otherwise excellent condition but with a single isolated sector of damage, that greatly reduces its aesthetic appeal.
Most vintage tribal textiles on the market are in FAIR TO GOOD condition. POOR = Showing evidence of extreme usage and damage. These textiles do not display well and are primarily useful as study specimens or examples of sometimes very rare textiles.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT. The item "HANDSOME HISTORIC AYMARA INDIAN CHIEF´S PONCHO Alpaca Wool 1890-1900 TM12012" is in sale since Thursday, November 09, 2017. This item is in the category "Antiques\Ethnographic\Native American". The seller is "andesamazon" and is located in Santa Cruz, . This item can be shipped worldwide.