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  Chipaya's culture

The Chipayas live around the Coipasa salt flats at the mouth of the river Lauca. Originally descendants of the Urus this ancient people are expert hunters and fishers and call themselves “The Water People”. The men use the ira, a type of poncho with vertical brown and white stripes, tied at the waist by a rope of different colours. The women use a home-spun cotton tunic under a black or dark brown piece of cloth pinned at the shoulders with brooches and tied at the waist with a sash. The Chipaya women are identified by the dozens of small plaits in their hair. Their homes are circular in shape although this tradition is slowly dying out and the houses are being replaced by rectangular buildings.
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