Indigeneity

The First International Qhapaq Ñan Walk

30 Jul, 2019 | Christopher Niklas Peterstam

Photos: Christopher Niklas Peterstam Walking the ancient Incan road system In view of the scenic Lake Titicaca a huge ceremony had assembled. Thousands of people dressed in their indigenous...

The Chullpas of the Ancient Aymara

30 Jul, 2019 | Rachel Durnford

Photos: Rachel DurnfordThese ancient funerary structures highlight the importance of conservation The recent restoration of the chullpas at the Condor Amaya national monument, located in the...

Bridging Many Worlds

25 Mar, 2019 | Mia Cooke-Joshi

Photo: Janana Lourencato   Elvira Espejo Ayca’s multidisciplinary approach to lifeAymara artist, weaver, narrator of oral tradition, documentarian, poet, singer, writer and curator of La Paz...

Indigenous Languages vs Extinction

27 Feb, 2019 | Alicja Hagopian

Photo: Elin DonnellyMural: Knorke LeafThe year 2019 was proclaimed the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL) by the United Nations in 2006. The aim of this year’s celebration, is to raise...

Andean Contradictions

23 Jul, 2018 | Rafaela Alford

Illustration: Oscar ZallesBolivia’s indigenous philosophical traditionsThe Quechua and Aymara people of Bolivia and Peru have a cosmological vocabulary that helps to describe the relations between con...

The Nikkei of Bolivia

21 Sep, 2017 | Nick Ferris

Photo: Nick FerrisSeeking utopia halfway across the worldDeep in the breadbasket country of eastern Bolivia, around the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, exists something rather remarkable. In the cent...

Alasita

28 May, 2015 | Emily Cashen

PHOTO: MICHAEL DUNN CACERESWhat is it you seek? Be it love, money, or even a new car, you are free to pursue your desires at the annual Alasita festival in La Paz. Each January, the chaotic city stree...

El Alto Cholets

28 May, 2015 | Emily Cashen

ILLUSTRATION: MARCELO VILLEGASAgainst a backdrop of half-finished houses and buildings fashioned from exposed red brick, El Alto's Neo-Andean Cholets are almost impossible to ignore. From their blindi...

El Ojo del Inca

28 May, 2015 | Adriana Murillo

PHOTO: THELMA FANOLATwenty-five kilometers from the city of Potosí, in Tarapaya and across a rocky canyon that arrives at ‘the Devil’s Cave’ (according to locals, a place where the Devil resides) and...

The Tenth Commandment

16 Jul, 2013 | Ryle Lagonsin

Understanding Suma Qamaña from the Outside 'We, the indigenous peoples, only want to Live Well, not better. Living Better is to exploit, plunder, and to rob, but Living Well is to live in brot...

Uyuni Willakuti

16 Jul, 2013 | Alexandra Meleán

A celebration of identity and culture on the salt flats Extending its reach beyond the sacred site of Tiwanaku, in 2013 the government has decided to hold further celebrations for the Aymara New Yea...

Land Of Healers

17 Apr, 2013 | Felicia Lloyd

Felicia Lloyd Speaks to Grover Quispe, a Local Kallawaya, to Understand the Past, Present and Future of Traditional Medicine Photo: Carlos Diez de Medina Llamas, lakes, less-than-safe public tran...

If It Cures, It Cures

16 Apr, 2013 | Sophia Howe

Sophia Howe meets some of Bolivia’s traditional medicine practitioners, some of whom only use natural herbs and ancestral knowledge; others decidedly more exotic in their practices and ingredients....

Rainbow Nation?

14 Mar, 2013 | Carlos (Kaamil) Shah

Bolivia is now officially Plurinational, has South America’s first indigenous President, and is developing in unexpected ways. But with a racial past as murky as Bolivia’s, can the country overcome it...

Charmed

15 Feb, 2013 | Hayden Aldredge

In his quest to find love in La Paz, Hayden Aldredge discovers how love charms, amulets, and the occasional spell are just a part of the normal search for passion in Bolivia. Photo by Alejandro L...