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Bolivia-25 - Bolivian Traditions

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This is scanned from my film days, not that long ago, 2002.

 

A Bolivian lady, wearing a bowler hat, siting outside a shop that has a traditional reed boat for sale. La Paz, Bolivia

 

The Bowler hat, locally called a bombin, has also been worn by Quechua and Aymara women in Peru and Bolivia since the 1920s when it was introduced to Bolivia by British railway workers. For many years a factory in Italy manufactured the hats for the Bolivian market, but they are now made locally.

 

Totora reeds grow in South America, particularly around Lake Titicaca, and also on Easter Island. These reeds have been used by various pre-Columbian South American civilizations to build reed boats. The boats, called balsa, vary in size from small fishing canoes to thirty meters long. They are still used on Lake Titicaca, located on the border of Peru and Bolivia, 3810 meters above sea level.

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Taken on April 26, 2009