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Urus are one of the most ancient groups in the southern Andes, linked fundamentally with the exploitation of lacustrine and riverine resources through fishing and hunting. They are known as “men of the water” and as the survivors or “leftovers” after a calamitous historical transformation. Thus, their Aymara neighbors see them as beings who are associated with a lack of civilization and a pre-baptismal era.

The testimony of the Uru Murato elder and leader Daniel Moricio tells of his ancestors’ encounter with the Spaniards, whom he refers to almost indistinctly from the Aymara and Quechua. The conflation of the Spaniards...

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