C. Martinez Sarasola  
Foto: Andrés Barragan



UBA National University of Buenos Aires,1974

A prominent researcher of the indigenous issue and ethnohistory of Argentina, Carlos Martínez Sarasola has maintained a constant commitment to the pursuit of understanding with the indigenous peoples.  In 1995 the Indigenous Association of Argentina (AIRA) granted him an award for “contributing with his outstanding, praiseworthy and sustained work to the promotion, revaluation and defense of the culture and rights of the indigenous peoples and their communities”.  

In recent years, he has been conducting research into the indigenous worldviews, shamanism and the processes of reethnicization and emerging spirituality in the Americas.

He has held teaching, research and academic positions at the national universities of Buenos Aires, Salta, Río Cuarto and Salvador.  He has taught postgraduate courses at the National University of Buenos Aires, National University of Río Cuarto, National University of Tres de Febrero and Universidad Católica Argentina.

In the publishing field, he was co-director and editor of the Cultura Casa del Hombre journal.  He also served in various governmental agencies, training himself in public policies and acquiring significant experience in private enterprises in the areas of commerce and marketing.
From the beginning of his career he has devoted himself to research both at the universities he has taught at and at private agencies and programs of the Fundación desdeAmérica. Since 1973 and to this day, he has conducted over forty fieldworks in Argentina in several provinces including the area of Chaco in Salta, the area of Puna in Salta and  Jujuy, and in Neuquén, doing fieldwork in Ava-Guarani, Wichí, Chorote, Qom, Chané, Kolla, and Mapuche indigenous communities. Mr. Sarasola has also made research trips to Misiones, Mendoza, Santiago del Estero, La Pampa, and Buenos Aires. In those places he carried out research in Huarpe, Ranqueles, and Mbyá-Guarani communities, as well as in areas of Creole and Mestizo settlers and enclaves of urban indigenous people in the province of Buenos Aires.

Abroad, he made visits to indigenous communities in Bolivia (Tiwanaku, Lake Titicaca, Puno, Aymara), Ecuador (Amazon, East-Misahualli / Rio Napo, Amazonian Quechua), Peru (Amazonia, Quebrada de Aguas Calientes / Pucallpa, Asháninka and Shipibo), Guatemala and Mexico (the "Mayan Route" in towns of the Yucatan and the Peten, respectively), and Tzotzil of Chiapas in Mexico. In Colombia he visited the region of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta (Kogi) and in the United States he traveled through Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, states that along with Utah make up the "Indian Country" (Navajo-Dine, Apache, and Hopi peoples)
He is the author of the books "Our Fellow Countrymen, the Indians"(1992) and "The Children of the Earth” (1998). He co-authored “Mapuche of Neuquén" (2001), "Indigenous Designs of Textile Art from Santiago del Estero" (2002) and "The Language of the Gods" (2004). He was an advisor in the collection "Legends, Myths, Tales and Other Indigenous Tales" (2002-2008). He also co-authored the video series "Indigenous Peoples of Argentina", and was curator of the exhibition “Pre-Columbian Treasures of Northwest Argentina” (Buenos Aires, 2006).

Author of numerous academic and popular scientific papers, he also disseminates his research through courses, seminars and conferences both locally and abroad. Recent lectures include: New School for Social Research, New York, 1993, Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, Cali, Colombia, 2006, and California Institute of Integral Studies, CIIS, San Francisco, California, 2008.

Since 1998 he is a member of the Inter-American Council of Indigenous Spirituality (CISEI, Morelia, Mexico), an organization in which scholars and indigenous leaders around the continent participate. Its activity focuses on the assessment, defense and dissemination of the cultural heritage of native peoples.

He is the co-founder and CEO of Fundación desdeAmérica, (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1994) an NGO devoted to promoting knowledge of the wisdom, the art and worldview of the indigenous peoples of Argentina and the Americas in their encounter with the new emerging paradigms in the West, through research, teaching and the diffusion of strengthening programs for indigenous communities.
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