National Geographic : 1955 Jan
138 Aymara Women in Felt Derbies Mill Through the Market in Chucuito On festival days wives wear a dozen skirts of green, red, orange, and purple. Despite winter's frosts, they go barefoot the year round. Vendors here display potatoes, onions, eggs, and narcotic coca. The Aymaras chew coca, the raw stock of cocaine, as they work; and they expect payment in the drug as well as in money. Coca plays an important part on ceremonial occasions, for the Indians believe it promotes good will. Aymara fortunetellers use the narcotic just as certain clairvoyant grandmothers employ tea leaves (page 146). Santo Domingo Church (right and page 145) was partly destroyed about 1780, when the Aymaras rebelled against their Spanish masters. Today corrugated iron, substituting for tile, roofs the nave.