This paper deals with the sites where intracultural and intercultural strains are produced, which are transversal both to internal and external spaces of indigenous mobility and thinking. Thus, straining scenarios are observed to be woven by the transformational rationales of an “ethnically diverse Colombia”. In order to demonstrate how strains are produced, an account is given of indigenous people, or rather some indigenous actors, and their relation to academy and/or anthropology in Colombia. In this way, we want to make evident an approach to the project on ethnical anthropologies based both on indigenous awareness and academy.

Keywords: Strains, indigenous thinking, academy, ethnic anthropologies.