16th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Dancers and clowns getting ready at the Chiripa Solsticio event

In Bolivia the solstice is celebrated with dancing and music, where dancers don traditional costumes. However, as times have changed, the costumes have changed. Traditional clowns are now sewn from hemp rather than hide, and pauldroned jaguar dancers wear kilts of false-grass rather than blankets adorned with green parrot feathers. These dancers are part of the Taraco peninsula, and met to dance in the field nearby the archaeological site of Chiripa, where an ancient mound was once the site of large regional meetings approximately 2200 years ago.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2017
Date Uploaded: 10.2018
Photo Location: Chiripa, Bolivia
Camera: NIKON D5500
Copyright: © Kathleen Huggins