My interest in Aymara fiesta goes back to my childhood in Bolivia, watching my father take film sequences of dancers in Tiquina. The beauty of Aymara music first struck me on a trip to Sun Island when I was nine. The memories of the melodious solfa which filled the air all day and night still haunt me today. Later, when I was a teenager, Felix Mamani, a migrant from that island to La Paz, taught me how to play the panpipes and arranged for me to record a group of musicians from his island who performed at the fiesta of the general hospital, where some of them worked. During summers in Bolivia I traveled extensively to distant localities to record music with cumbersome equipment. Dr. William Carter introduced me to the anthropology of Aymara fiestas in 1961. He taught me, a novice, aspiring anthropologist, how to record the social arrangements underlying fiestas in addition to what initially met eye and ear. From November, 1964 to February, 1966, I undertook a community study of the Aymara-speaking community of Compi, funded by a Columbia University Travelling Fellowship and later by the Research Institute for the Study of Man. In the summers of 1967 and 1969 I continued studying fiestas in Compi and began research on fiestas in La Paz. I was supported by the Canada Council and, on the second field trip, by the Social Science Research Council.
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