National Geographic : 1966 Feb
Plumed headdresses of flamingo and rhea feathers nod above a band at an Alti piano festival. A trumpeter signals danc ers with a blast on the pututu, a bull's horn at the end of a hollow cane. In by gone days, Indians blew pottery pututus from summits to rally warriors. Other mu sicians play reed panpipes called sicuris, Indian instruments since pre-Columbian times. Unlike lowlanders, whose festive songs shimmer with fiery Spanish rhythms, these highlanders keep cadence with an austere beat. Black-braided grape peddler weighs her wares at Tarija, a town near the Ar gentine border. Her wide-brimmed derby, like other regional hats, takes shape from soaked wool, pounded to a cardboard texture and starched. Vegetable vendor binds her child in a woven cinturdn, a decorative belt. She tends her curbside grocery in the colonial city of Sucre, still Bolivia's legal capital. Shy sloe-eyed bride wears wedding-gift money pinned to her shawl by guests, an Altiplano custom. Of sturdy Aymard stock, she walked 20 miles with her hus band to her new mountain home.