National Geographic : 1934 Nov
648 THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE A DYNAMITE-CARVED AUTOMOBILE ROAD CLIMBS GIDDY ANDEAN HEIGHTS To the author a sure-footed mule was preferable to a motorcar, sliding and groaning around the curves of the rough track that ran halfway from the mill to the mine (see text, page 645). The snow capped mountain in the distance is Santa Vela Cruz, the southernmost peak of the Cordillera de Quimsa Cruz. Photographs by F. Villegas Aramayo THE DEVIL ACTS AS MASTER OF CEREMONIES With pitchfork in hand he stands at the left and watches over one of the distinctive Bolivian native dances. At the right a visitor, Celia (see text, page 651), joins in the dancing at the invitation of the natives, for at fiesta time Bolivia shows its true democracy. Sun designs, worked on the costumes, recall ancient pagan rites, now curiously combined with Christian ritual.