|Arahuaco and Kogi elders, from the Montes de Santa Maria|
|The main attraction - partying.|
|Photographing Indios behind bars|
|Plaza Bolívar turned into a bigger, bohemian Plaza del Chorro.|
|Ati Quigua, the indigenous representative on Bogotá's city council attaches a protective bracelet, called an aseguranza|
|Spiritual leaders, called mamos, of the Kogi people.|
Colombia has some 86 different indigenous peoples, according to Wikipedia, most of whom live in the tropical lowlands. Many indigenous peoples here have their own territories and dedicated representation in parliament and city councils. Afro-Colombians have the legal status of 'indigenous peoples.'
|Common sight in Bogotá. An Embera |
woman in dowtown.
Some Colombian indigenous peoples seem to do pretty well in modern western society. In particular, many Wayuus, also known as Guajiras, have thrived as merchants and traders (altho their territory has been wracked by paramilitary violence.). But others, whose traditional lifestyles ae less sophisticated, often cannot cope in western society.
|Behind tape, placing an aseguranza.|
|Smoking traditional pipe, called a rapé.|