Welcome to the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA)

Indigenous Peoples' Day, October 9, 2017, marks the public launch of the newly migrated and updated Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America. AILLA is a digital language archive of recordings, texts, and other multimedia materials in and about the indigenous languages of Latin America. AILLA's mission is to preserve these materials and make them available to Indigenous Peoples, researchers, and other friends of these languages now and for generations to come. The look and feel of this new site has been updated, and some user functionality has been added, including the ability to perform a keyword search across all collections, as well as the ability to stream and view some media files without having to download them first. Access to AILLA and its resources is always free of charge. Most of the resources in the collection are available to the public, but some have special access restrictions.

Important information about using the site:

  • You must Register and log in to view, stream, or download any media file.
  • If you created your AILLA account prior to July 2015, then your username (but not your password) was migrated to this new repository. You just need to request a new password to reset it.
  • If you created your user account between July 2015 and October 9, 2017, then you will need to create a new account.
  • If you are a UT-Austin student, faculty or staff member, please do NOT use your UT EID or password for your AILLA user account.

We hope you enjoy exploring the new AILLA. For help, contact AILLA.

animalUsers: start by browsing the catalog or using the search bar to look for materials, or use the menu on the right to find more information about the archive and the indigenous languages of Latin America.

animalDepositors: If you would like to deposit materials in AILLA, start here.

The Collection

The heart of the collection is the recordings, both audio and video, in a wide range of genres: narratives, chants, oratory, conversations, songs, and more. Many recordings are transcribed and translated into Spanish, English or Portuguese. The archive also contains a wealth of language documentation materials: grammars, dictionaries, ethnographies, and field notes. The collection includes teaching materials for bilingual education and language revitalization programs. We are committed to serving the Indigenous Peoples of Latin America and the scholars who study their languages. We are always interested in hearing from you. Please contact us if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.

An interactive Google map showing the approximate locations of Indigenous languages of the Americas found in AILLA is available here.


AILLA Software Upgrade and Rebuild

We are excited to announce that we have begun a large-scale project to upgrade and rebuild AILLA’s repository software. This project will last for the rest of the 2023 year.

What this means for AILLA users:
• The current AILLA repository and website will remain accessible until the launch of the new repository.
• We anticipate that the new repository will launch by the end of 2023 or the beginning of 2024. The exact date is still to be determined.

Making PDF/A Documents

  • Posted on: 18 January 2018
  • By: susansmythe

AILLA requires PDF/A files. A PDF/A file is a special type of PDF that is used for archiving and long-term preservation (read more about PDF/A files here). Often depositors write to us asking how to create a PDF/A file (or how to convert an existing PDF to PDF/A). Given that the process varies depending on the program and operating system being using, we are not able to providd exact or detailed instructions. However, below you will find some instructions that will help get you started.

Requesting a new password

  • Posted on: 25 October 2017
  • By: aniwagaba

If you have forgotten your AILLA password, you can request a new password by clicking the “request new password” link in the User Login area of the front page of AILLA. That link takes you to a page where you will enter your e-mail address or AILLA username. After submitting your password request, you will receive an email from www-dataATislandora-ailla.lib.utexas.edu about replacement login information. If you do not see this email in your inbox, please look for it in your spam or junk folder. Follow the directions in the email to log in to the site and change your password.

Using and Citing

  • Posted on: 6 October 2017
  • By: susansmythe

Always cite any resource that you use (including but not limited to educational materials, presentations, publications, exhibitions) following the AILLA Citation Guidelines.

We believe that the resources at AILLA will be useful in a multitude of ways:
• for developing teaching materials for all ages and in many kinds of classrooms;
• for research;
• in language reclamation programs;
• in artistic creations;
• among many others.

Access Terms

  • Posted on: 28 September 2017
  • By: susansmythe

Anonymous User: Anyone with an Internet connection who navigates the AILLA website. Anonymous Users can browse and read the metadata in AILLA, but they cannot access any of the media files. To gain access to the media files, the anonymous user must create a free account and log in.

Viewing and Playing Files

  • Posted on: 28 August 2017
  • By: admin

Many of AILLA's audio, video, image, and PDF files can be viewed or streamed directly in your browser. You can also download files and play them on your own computer using applications that can be obtained for free.


  • Posted on: 28 August 2017
  • By: admin

You must be logged in to access any file in the archive. If you have logged in and you still can't access a Level 1 file, you probably need to adjust your browser settings to accept cookies.

Searching and browsing

  • Posted on: 28 August 2017
  • By: admin

Search. Use the search bar (located in the upper right corner) to search for any language, person, country, genre, keyword, etc. Enclose phrases within quotation marks to narrow your results, e.g., "snow white" instead of snow white.

Advanced searches. Boolean operators in all caps (AND, NOT, OR) can be used to restrict searches.