Santiago J. Carralero, artist and creator of the project
Santiago José Carralero Benítez is a Historian, Anthropologist and Visual Artist born in Málaga (Spain). Throughout his professional life he has worn many hats in his career, from working in house construction to be a Spanish teacher. Divorced, and with a son, he has worked as a civil servant for the Spanish administration for 27 years. Besides living in the Spanish cities of Malaga, Tenerife, Valencia, Madrid, Granada and Plasencia, he has also spent periods of his life in Edinburgh (Scotland), Chengdu (China) and Wageningen (The Netherlands), and visited more than 30 countries around the World, highlighting Chile, Bolivia, Argentine and Peru in America; Namibia, Botswana, Kenya, Uganda and Morocco in Africa; and Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, China, Nepal, India, Thailand and Vietnam in Asia. He initiated his higher studies in the Fine Arts Faculties of Valencia and Tenerife, but then he decided to study Geography and History as his first degree. Later he completed a second degree on Social and Cultural Anthropology, extending it with a master in Anthropological Research and its Applications. His master thesis (published only in Spanish) is titled: "Paisaje tras la Catástrofe. Adaptación y Resiliencia al Cambio Cultural entre los Tibetanos de Gyêgu" ("Landscape after Disaster. Adaptation and Resilience to Cultural Change among Gyêgu Tibetans". Even albeit difficult, Santiago Carralero has tried to make compatible his family life, his current job as a civil servant with his passion for anthropology, painting and travels, taking many and diverses work permits between along his life. As a visual artist, Santiago has participated in some exhibitions (Salamanca, Plasencia, Amsterdam) and sold a limited stock of artworks to private collectors, as his production has been very limited due to his current job, frequent travels and his participation in a diversity of projects related to mobile people and indigenous issues. In 2012, Santiago founded YURTA Association (www.highasia.net) to better work at the service of mobile indigenous organizations, and he can be considered as an expert in mobile indigenous peoples, having participated in conferences, meetings and congresses around the world. He has acted as current advisor of PACA (Pastoralists Association of Central Asia) and one of the current advisors of WAMIP (World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples) and WOPA (World Pastoralists Assembly). As an anthropologist, he has carried out some fieldwork campaigns in South America, Africa and Asia. His main anthropological works include:
A book published in 2007 resuming 3 years of research among the itinerant groups of North-Western India in search of the origin of gypsies (published in Spanish).
A research on the present-day situation of the last Yaghan people in the Navarino Island (Chile), displayed in the 2009 IUAES Congress (Kunming, China).
More recently (2008-2014), a long campaing of fieldwork carried out in East Tibet (Kham and Amdo), which provided the data to write his master thesis, serving at the same time to get a specialization in the High Asia environment and culture.
So, as a result of this triple effort in the study of mobile people and the indigenous communities from High Aisa, his involvement as an adviser in the international mobile indigenous peoples movement, as well as the management of YURTA Association, he got a funding from FAO to organize the World Yak Herders Association, project which was recently implemented on its first phase (2016-2017).
Santiago José Carralero Benítez Dr. Escassi, 8 - 29010 Málaga (Spain) Mobile phone/Whatsapp: +34 632654052 E-mail: email@example.com