October 16, 2003 |
At the very center of this capital city, groups of Aymara and Quechua Indians have taken over the plaza the Spanish conquistadors first laid out in 1548, cutting up cobblestones the size of bread loaves to make barricades, filling the days with fervent speeches about revolution. They've been there for four days, the focal point of an uprising that has shut down this metropolis of 1.
January 25, 1987 |
When Severino Vela got married recently, he wore a montera , a black leather hat patterned after the 16th-Century helmets of Bolivia's Spanish conquerors. The bride also wore a hat. It had a flat, black cloth brim, two raised points on top, embroidery of green, red and black threads and an assortment of silver beads and shingles. Adult wedding guests appeared at the church in leather or felt headwear of different styles favored by the Quechua Indians who live around here.
July 19, 2004 |
Voters approved a referendum Sunday that places new controls on the export and sale of Bolivia's most lucrative resource, natural gas, in an important victory for an interim president struggling to cope with this Andean nation's deep ethnic and social divisions. Despite Indian leaders' calls for a boycott, and others' threats of militant action to stop the vote, Bolivian officials said the election proceeded with few incidents. About 60% of the country's 4.
April 22, 2004 |
Frustrated by a lack of economic progress under the democratic regimes that rule them, a majority of Latin Americans would support an authoritarian government if it bettered their lives, according to a United Nations report released Wednesday.
May 23, 2007 |
Pope Benedict XVI's declaration in Brazil that colonial-era evangelization in the New World did not represent "the imposition of a foreign culture" has ignited criticism from indigenous representatives and the governments of Venezuela and Bolivia. Indigenous groups from Chile to Mexico have condemned the remarks as a revision of a history marked by massacres, enslavement and destruction of native cultures.
November 14, 1993 |
The mysterious Mayan ruins of the Yucatan are among Mexico's most compelling sights, but many visitors to the area are even more eager to see the descendants of the empire builders--the Maya who carry on traditional lifestyles in isolated villages scattered about the peninsula and in the mountains of nearby Chiapas. In Mexico and across the globe, Third World tribal peoples are becoming a compelling lure for First World curiosity seekers.