Ocurí, the seat of the Ocurí Municipality
Location of the Chayanta Province within Bolivia
Provinces of the Potosí Department
|• Total||1,919 sq mi (4,969 km2)|
|• Density||47/sq mi (18.2/km2)|
It borders Charcas Province in the north, Rafael Bustillo Province in the northwest, Oruro Department in the west, Tomás Frías Province in the south, Cornelio Saavedra Province in the southeast, and Chuquisaca Department in the east. The province extends over 125 km from east to west and 100 km from north to south.
The main language of the province is Quechua, spoken by 79%, while 33% of the population speak Spanish. The population increased from 73,128 inhabitants (1992 census) to 90,205 (2001 census), an increase of 23.4%. The capital of the province is Colquechaca.
97% of the population have no access to electricity, 98% have no sanitary facilities.
74% of the population are employed in agriculture, 1% in mining, 13% in industry, 12% in general services. 93% of the population are Catholics, 5% Protestants.
|Ethnic group||Colquechaca Municipality (%)||Ravelo Municipality (%)||Pocoata Municipality (%)||Ocurí Municipality (%)|
|Guaraní, Chiquitos, Moxos||0.0||0.1||0.0||0.2|
|Other indigenous groups||0.0||0.1||0.0||0.1|
In the late eighteenth century the province was the scene of a rebellion of the Aymara-speaking population led by Tomás Katari and exacerbated by his assassination in January 1781. It was also the scene of a peasant rebellion in 1927.
- Sergio Serulnikov, Subverting Colonial Authority: Challenges to Spanish Rule in Eighteenth-Century Southern Andes (Durham: Duke University Press, 2003)
- Sergio Serulnikov, Tomás Catari y la producción de justicia (Buenos Aires: CEDES, 1988)
- Erick D. Langer, "Andean Rituals of Revolt: The Chayanta Rebellion of 1927," Ethnohistory 37(1990): 227–53
- Tristan Platt, Estado boliviano y ayllu andino: tierra y tributo en el norte de Potosi (Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 1982)
- obd.descentralizacion.gov.bo/municipal/fichas/ (inactive)