LIBRARIES AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE IN LATIN AMERICA

Edgardo Civallero

Abstract


The paper reviews experiences on library services to indigenous people developed in Latin America, from Argentina to Mexico. It provides a brief introduction to the reality of native communities all around the continent, and points out the outstanding projects on this issue. Since native populations are subjected to serious problems -such as discrimination, social exclusion, diseases, unemployment, loss of identity, endangered languages and cultural pressure-it argues that libraries can become an option to the recovery of culture and a way to guarantee the egalitarian access to strategic information, a resource that is vital for a balanced development and progress.

KEYWORDS: Indigenous People; Latin America-Libraries; Latin America-Culture


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