Culture

Ekeko

28 Feb, 2012 | Mathew Grace

Cast a look into many Bolivian homes, and you'll likely spot a small, moustachioed ceramic figurine called an Ekeko. These jolly-looking statuettes resemble small men in Andean attire with enormous sm...

Scattering seeds: Catholicism and the pachamama

28 Feb, 2012 | Patrick Dowling

Pachamama has provided fertile ground for the growth of Catholicism in Bolivia. Coming from a Catholic high-school background, I thought I'd find plenty of common ground with the people of Bolivia....

Nazareth Flores Cabao: A marcher’s story

28 Feb, 2012 | Sharoll Fernadez and Xenia Elsaesser

Nazareth Flores Cabao is the Vice president of CEPIB, Central de pueblos indigenas de Beni. She is of Italoma heritage and comes from Magdalena, a town in Beni near the Brazilian border. She recently...

Wiphala-Relic or re-invention?

01 Nov, 2011 | Daniel Caplin

Daniel Caplin investigates the historical and political texture of Bolivia's iconic indigenous flag. In its Constitution, Bolivia is described as a plurinational state. This is an apt description se...

Turning the pages - Bolivian history in books

01 Nov, 2011 | Joanna Kozlowska

By all accounts, Franz Tamayo lives on. Where the founding father of Bolivian letters used to contemplate the snow-capped Illimani ('Two giants gaze upon each other', an anecdote would have him say),...

Gran Poder

20 Jul, 2011 | Georgia Wolff

In La Paz the fiesta never stops: paceños never miss an opportuni­ty for a celebration and they know how to party hard. Rarely a day goes by when one of the city’s streets isn’t closed to host a festi...

Living the death road - Part 2

19 Jul, 2011 | Ivan Rodriguez P.

The rough earth track is beginning to make itself felt, and the Gravity As­sisted Mountain Biking team makes a stop to instruct us on how to proceed from here. The road from La Cumbre had been tarmac,...

Ch’alla

19 Jul, 2011 | Nina Triado

It took me a while to find the location, but after asking many people I made my way up to El Alto where I was told I could find a ch’alla. However, not knowing exactly what I was looking for, or what...

Aymara New Year

19 Jul, 2011 | Seneca Garrison

June 21st marked the 5,519th annual celebration of Aymara New Year, and an estimated 50,000 participants migrated to the Tiwanaku ruins for a freezing all-nighter of fun and timeless tradition. People...

Preste mayor

19 Jul, 2011 | Lorange Dao

The hidden side of the Gran Poder

Night at the museums

19 Jul, 2011 | Seneca Garrison

Saturday May the 21st marked the fifth annual ‘Noches de Museos’ in La Paz. Every year, the doors of museums and galleries are left open from the evening, through the wee hours of the morning, and unt...

Ser Cholita

18 Jul, 2011 | Seneca Garrison

What makes a cholita a cholita. There’s no need to go looking for cholitas around La Paz. It would be unusual and even noteworthy not to bump into one while walking around town or glancing down a bu...

Back to Aymara

18 Jul, 2011 | Maryam Patwa

It is dispiriting (though perhaps inevitable) that Aymara, once the dominant language of large sections of Bolivia and neighbouring Andean regions, has become relegated to the backstage of everyday li...

Ten Aymara names and meanings

18 Jul, 2011 | Helen Reid

In the Aymara culture names are very important as they symbolize personality traits; the name is the expression of parents´ ambition for their child. Approximately 70% of Bolivians have Aymara or Quec...

Top 10 cultural shocks

18 Jul, 2011 | Isaac Bloch

A culture shock, like culture itself, can only be experienced subjectively. But after living in La Paz for two months, I’ve found there are certain aspects of life here that inevitably jump out at the...