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In June 2002 heavy snow fell unexpectedly in the dry season in the south of Bolivia. This chapter looks to the occasion of this snowfall, and its disastrous consequences for llamas and their herders alike, to consider the materiality of human-animal relations in the Andes. It takes up Ingold’s call to consider life as unfolding in a ‘weather world’ rather than a landscape, and Anderson’s focus on ‘architectures of domestication’ that considers domestication to be a material and spatial arrangement. In examining a case in which the weather rendered places normally convivial to humans and herd animals hostile, it concludes that domestication itself is a fragile arrangement that can be ruptured. A focus on the materiality of domestication takes into account the presence of human bodies and raises questions about the viability of Andean herding in an era of increased human migration, when extreme weather events appear to occur more frequently.

In: Sentient Entanglements and Ruptures in the Americas: Human-Animal Relations in the Amazon, Andes, and Arctic
This book draws together anthropological studies of human-animal relations among Indigenous Peoples in three regions of the Americas: the Andes, Amazonia and the American Arctic. Despite contrasts between the ecologies of the different regions, it finds useful comparisons between the ways that lives of human and non-human animals are entwined in shared circumstances and sentient entanglements. While studies of all three regions have been influential in scholarship on human-animal relations, the regions are seldom brought together. This volume highlights the value of examining partial connections across the American continent between human and other-than-human lives.