Aymara is an Amerind language with about 2.2 million speakers in Bolivia, Peru, Argentina and Chile, particular around Lake Titicaca on the high plateaus of the Andes.
The Aymara originally used a collection of symbols, mainly pictures of people or things, as a mnemonic divice. The symbols represented the things they portrayed or similar sounding words but never developed into a complete writing system. The symbols were originally written on animal skins using plant or mineral pigments but paper was substituted after the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. The symbols were never standardised and there was considerable variation in the way they were used among different Aymara groups.
Under the influence of the Spanish, the Latin alphabet was adopted to write Aymara. Many different spelling systems have been divised over the years. In 1985, the Peruvian goverment introduced a new spelling system known as the Aymara Official Alphabet or Unified Alphabet.