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'Heirs of the Dawn' by María Daniel Balcázar
The ancient inhabitants of Oruro, Bolivia, named their land uru-uru, meaning the place where the light is born. They called themselves "beings of the dawn". Their legacy is woven into the work of artisans, who through their art, revive the soul of the Andean and European deities and the memory of the African slaves. These artisans, musicians and dancers are the living recollection of their roots, culture and pre- colonial history. The resistance of indigenous beliefs and their ability to preserve and adapt their culture throughout history has led to syncretism and many mixed legends The Carnival of Oruro is one of Bolivia's richest cultural manifestations.
Quilombo represents an autonomous community where runaway slaves planted the seeds of Afro-Brazilian heritage. The title of this book, Kilombo, was chosen to honor its Bantu origin, while also highlighting its meaning as a haven from injustice and violence. It is a symbol of dignity and freedom with emphasis on the resistance and transcendence of the African diaspora, generation after generation.