Waira's First Journey

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9780688120542: Waira's First Journey

The son of an Aymara chieftain tells the tale of a young Bolivian boy on his first long journey to market with his Aymara family, in an account accompanied by full-color paintings of all the sights along the way.

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Grade 2-4-Spectacular oil paintings beautifully convey the texture and substance of the culture of the Aymara Indians in Bolivia. The text describes the first time young Waira joins her parents on their trip from their mountain home to the market in Topojo. The journey normally takes two days, but in order to give Waira, and readers, a glimpse of Aymara history, the family takes a long detour to the ruins of the ancient city of Tiwanaku. They also stop near Lake Titicaca before finally arriving at the market. All of these events give Topooco the opportunity to describe some of the customs, history, lifestyle, and folklore of the people. Unfortunately, the language frequently seems forced and unnatural. When this trip is taking place-today or 100 years ago-is unclear although, in truth, it hardly matters. An afterword describes the lack of support by the Bolivian government for the preservation of this culture and language. There is no dramatic tension in the narrative which, combined with a tone that seems directed at a very young audience, makes the book's appeal to older students questionable. There is too much text, however, to make this an appropriate choice for the very young. Despite these shortcomings, creative teachers or librarians may find this title useful for its artwork and for the view it affords of a rapidly disappearing culture.
Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

This simple story of an Aymara Indian girl's trip to an open- air market in the Bolivian altiplano depicts traditional Aymaran life, based on simple agriculture; the importance of the llama is apparent in both text and the strikingly detailed oil paintings. Waira sees the ruins of the ancient city of Tiwanaku, discovers why the condor is her people's spiritual symbol, visits Lake Titicaca and learns about its reed boats, and dances in the Aymara festival. The Aymaras' domination by the Incas and, later, by the Spanish--as well as their current economic and social marginalization--is discussed in endnotes but plays no part in the story. An autobiographical sketch poignantly describes discrimination that the author has encountered in Bolivia and Spain; since the mid-60's he's lived in Sweden, where this book first appeared. Interestingly, Topooco's assertions about religious intolerance, suppression of the Aymaran language, the preponderance of Aymaras in Bolivia's population, and their antiquity are contradicted by standard reference sources, which also differ from one another. Still, an unusual look at a unique and little-known culture. (Picture book. 6-10) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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