Tradition vs. modernity: the Kolla in Argentina | DW Documentary

High in the Andes, the Kolla are fighting to preserve their traditions. Argentina’s indigenous Kolla people live an austere life in the high desert plains. This is their home where they thrive.

Maria and her sisters Norma and Nelly are Kolla. They share an inheritance that they have looked after ever since their mother passed: a piece of land and a herd of llamas. Nelly and Norma live with their families in the village El Moreno, Maria’s family lives farther away in the small town of Tilcara in the Quebrada de Humahuaca valley. But it’s up in the Puna grasslands that the sisters really feel at home. At first, Maria was excited about city life and left the puna to study. But at the age of 31, she decided to return. Since then, she has been pushing for more responsibility for the Kolla women. While the men are often away working for weeks and months at a time, it’s up to them to safeguard their families’ way of life on the steppe. The film takes the viewer on an emotional journey of discovery into the Andes to meet these resolute women who love their country, and observe and preserve the traditions of their people their own way.


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40 Replies to “Tradition vs. modernity: the Kolla in Argentina | DW Documentary”

  1. I travelled in this region and found it fascinating, because of the colourful landscapes, friendly and humble people, incredible tasty and cheap food If anyone is interested in visiting this region, I would recommend going during the high season which runs from July to September, when the weather is super pleasant, always sunny and without rains. Excellent documentary and music choice! Thanks!

  2. I cant add anything that hasn't already been said about this excellent DW documentary except its a place I would love to visit myself.

  3. Google Cuzco, Peru if you want see more of the Andes and it’s culture. The instrument you hear in the beginning is the kena. Great doc❤️❤️❤️❤️

  4. Thank you to the DW team for yet another wonderful documentary. The quality of your research is very reflective in the documentary.

  5. I am an Indian and I couldn't help but relate with some of the rituals that were shown in this Doc because many of these rituals were performed by our ancestors but some 50 years ago my grandfather moved to the city and we lost the connect of the life of our native land.We still do continue to perform these rituals (me) as I was born in a city I always tend to question the significance of sacrifices and other rituals(Because it's difficult to see an animal get killed before our eyes)
    Having said that this was a great documentary to watch.

  6. Wonderful work by DW. American centralized media and their viewers are too imbued with the notion of American exceptionality to treat foreign native cultures with anything but neglect and contempt.

  7. 6:50 check out the kid holding the knife !! American parents would be shitting their pants then freaking out about their child being in danger. lol

  8. Of Interest? " The Qulla [Kolla] came into contact with Spaniards in 1540. They resisted Spanish invasion for many years but ultimately lost the Santiago Estate to the Spanish. One particularly famous rebel leader was Ñusta Willaq, a female warrior who fought the Spanish in 1780. With Argentinian independence in 1810, the situation of the Qulla people did not improve and they worked for minimal wages." I think It's too bad that they still adhere to the teachings of the 16th c  Catholic missionaries.

  9. tough choices. How long till the next generation decides to sell it and move on and tradition comes to an end. I see it all the time here in America. People omve for several reason and their childhood memories are gone because they leave where they grew up

  10. ❤️Your documentary .Thank you for showing our brothers and sisters of our indigenous communities and their way of life.Amerindian from 🇬🇾

  11. Every indigenous community should be supported in every single country. They are an example of superation.

  12. These people dont speak spanish, lol they barely open their mouths and they don’t have any kind of modulation. As an argentine , i have experience with people who comes to live to the city who are from this places and when they speak to each other it is as if they were speaking guarani or a totally different language

  13. Oh I'd love to own that beautiful land. Magnificent. Live simple, no worries, no stress. Got to love the idea of giving an "Earth God" f-ing soft drinks. Haha Humans are so silly sometimes.

  14. It isn't the national anthem. It's the aurora, a song about our flag. I admire indigenous people. They are strong in a country that usually leaves them aside. I hope they never leave their lands..i've seen companies and polititians taking lands away from indigenous people in other regions of the country.

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