Cristina Bubba Zamora

1998 Laureate, Cultural Heritage
Bolivia, Born 1953

cbubba@megalink.com

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.

$14,000

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

$100

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

56

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

428

weavings repatriated from Canada, as of 2002

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