In his series ‘Menonos’, photographerJordi Ruiz Cirera documents life and the inner struggles lived in the Mennonite communities in Eastern Bolivia. Mennonites are christian anabaptists who arrived during the fifties from Canada, Mexico or Belize, hoping to find religious freedom and to be able to preserve their lifestyle. Today more than fifty thousand Mennonites in Bolivia. It’s difficult to know the exact number since Menenos, as they are called in Bolivia, live here unregistered or with foreign passports. They live as their German ancestors once did without electricity, telephones or cars and are extremely isolated from the local community. However, the pressure of the surrounding society is creating difficulties for them to survive.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia by night
"When the night comes, the starry sky reflects on its surface like in a mirror, and you have the feeling of being in space."
In the south of the desert plains of the Altiplano, Bolivia at an altitude of 3,650 m above sea level, lies a dried-up salt lake Salar de Uyuni.Its area is 10,582 km ², this is the largest salt marsh in the world. In the rainy season is covered with a thin layer of saline water and turns into a huge mirror.
Members of indigenous communities from Mallku Kota region, clash with police officers during a protest in La Paz, Bolivia, Thursday, June 7, 2012. Indigenous protested against mining operations on their lands by the Canadian mining company South American Silver Corp. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Carnival 2012 - A member of from the Diablada Urus group, dressed as an angel, during the Carnival parade in Oruro, some 200 km (124 miles) south of La Paz, on February 18, 2012. Partying and religion mingle in Bolivia’s Carnival celebration in Oruro, a mining and commercial city of more than 200,000 people. (Reuters/David Mercado)
Aymara women walk in Jesus de Machaca, Bolivia.
Bolivian Men protesting against a construction of a highway - Reuter/David Mercado
- Under pressure, Bolivian president scraps highway plan (cnn.com)
- Native protests in Bolivia violently repressed by police (boingboing.net)
…this picture of a couple of members of the “Wild Bunch”. Is it just me, or were criminals more respectable back in the day? Pictured above are Harry Longabaugh (A.K.A. the “Sundance Kid”) and Etta Place.
Etta Place disappeared from history in the early 1900′s. The big question, of course, is whether Butch Cassidy and Longabaugh were in fact killed in Bolivia in 1908. Some speculate they faked their deaths in order to live out the rest of their lives in peace and quite. (FROM OLD PICTURE OF THE DAY)