Cristina Bubba Zamora

1998 Laureate, Cultural Heritage
Bolivia, Born 1953

Project Goal

Return stolen cultural artefacts to Andean communities

Location: Bolivia

"Our history is written in the fabrics, to lose them is to lose our past."

Cristina Bubba Zamora has spent more than a decade fighting the illegal traffic in Bolivian ceremonial weavings. Her efforts in Bolivia and abroad to ensure the return of stolen textiles to the Andes earned her a Rolex Award for Enterprise in 1998 and brought worldwide attention to the illicit trade.


amount, in US dollars, an Andean weaving can fetch in the United States and Canada


amount, in US dollars, for which villagers sell stolen Andean textiles


stolen textiles returned from the United States, a fraction of what has been taken


weavings repatriated from Canada, as of 2002

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