“Chola,” Yes Yes!   Leave a comment

Cholitas Woman III-Edit-3-art-72.jpg“Chola, Yes Yes!” — Photo-Artistry by kenne

For many years the indigenous Aymara and Quechua women (cholitas), who can be easily identified by their distinctive, elegant outfits, were refused entry to certain restaurants, taxis, public buses and city plazas. The women were told, “Chola, no no!” But, not any longer. In the standard dress of a heavy multi-layered skirt with petticoats, long shawl, precariously perched bowler hat, jewelry and little flat pumps they are now common in the streets of La Paz.

Since the beginning of this century, a gradual rise of grassroots movements rural peasant groups in Bolivia culminated in the 2005 election of the country’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales, who has been credited with the country’s ongoing transformation.

— kenne

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