BOLIVIA: Inca Congress

Bolivia's first Indian "congress" since the fall of the Inca Empire (1533) gathered in La Paz last week. Representing 70% of the population, they came from all parts of Bolivia at Government invitation and expense. About 20% spoke Spanish and wore European dress. The rest spoke only the ancient Indian languages, Quechua and Aymara. They wore native clothes—wide, multicolored belts, bright ponchos. Some of the men wore flat hats like Catholic priests. Others had "lluchus" (knitted woolen helmets) against the biting winds of the altiplano.

Most of the 1,500 delegates were "hilakatas,"...

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