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| July 19 , 2015 , 15:50 IST
44th Anniversary Of Ashaninka Community’s Founding
(Photo AP/Rodrigo Abd) Yeni Casiano Barboza, 15, from the Ashaninka Indian community, Natividad, poses for a photo while waiting to compete in the annual beauty contest, in the Otari Nativo village, Pichari, Peru. For Ashaninka men, a woman’s beauty is determined in part by her hair, her sense of humor, and whether she can cook a tasty cassava dish, according to some community members.
44th Anniversary Of Ashaninka Community’s Founding
[caption id="attachment_85507" align="aligncenter" width="700"] (Photo AP/Rodrigo Abd)[/caption] Ashaninka Indian men smoke meat on a grill made from bamboo canes, in the Otari Nativo village, Pichari, Peru. The strips of meat come from a cow that was donated by municipal authorities to mark the 44th anniversary of their community’s founding.
44th Anniversary Of Ashaninka Community’s Founding
(Photo AP/Rodrigo Abd) Ashaninka Indian man rests his bow and arrows on his left shoulder, as he dances during the 44th anniversary celebrations of their village, Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru. The annual festivities mark the founding of the Ashaninka community of Otari Nativo with activities that include a beauty pageant, an archery competition, the fastest petate or bedroll weaver challenge, as well as a drinking contest for imbibing the fermented juice of the cassava root, known locally as masato.
44th Anniversary Of Ashaninka Community’s Founding
(Photo AP/Rodrigo Abd) Ashaninka Indian women wash cow viscera to be used for a beef and vegetable soup to serve during the annual festivities marking the founding of their community Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru. ALSO READ: Glimpse Of World Body Painting Festival 2015
44th Anniversary Of Ashaninka Community’s Founding
(Photo AP/Rodrigo Abd) Ashaninka Indian Beysi Anaya, 17, representing her village Sampantuari, waits to perform in the annual beauty contest, in Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru. Sampantuari translates from the Ashaninka language as, “fallen leaves that form shadows on the water.” Beysi was crowned the winner of the beauty contest.
44th Anniversary Of Ashaninka Community’s Founding
(Photo AP/Rodrigo Abd) Contestants dance during the Ashaninka Indian beauty contest, among the annual festivities marking the founding of the community of Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru. In addition to the standard Ashaninka dress, the contestants also showed off a shorter, midriff-baring summer version that can be used for swimming. On their chests, they wore multiple strands of colored beads crisscrossed like bandoliers.
44th Anniversary Of Ashaninka Community’s Founding
(Photo AP/Rodrigo Abd) Ashaninka Indian women skim fat from the meat of a cow in the village Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru. The cow was donated by municipal authorities to mark the 44th anniversary of the community’s founding. The community’s men then smoked the large amounts of meat for festival-goers to consume.
44th Anniversary Of Ashaninka Community’s Founding
(Photo AP/Rodrigo Abd) Beysi Anaya, 17, strikes a pose after winning the Ashaninka Indian beauty contest, during the annual festivities marking the founding of the community in Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru. Anaya was pleased with her win but said she wants to study agronomy to help improve the cacao, coffee and achiote crops grown by her community.
44th Anniversary Of Ashaninka Community’s Founding
(Photo AP/Rodrigo Abd) A couple gathered with their sons in Otari Nativo village, Pichari, Peru. The man holds a rifle. ALSO READ: Rath Yatra 2015: All You Need To Know About The Nabakalebara Yatra
44th Anniversary Of Ashaninka Community’s Founding
(Photo AP/Rodrigo Abd) Representing the Sampantuari village, is crowned the beauty contest winner during the annual festivities marking the founding of the Ashaninka community of Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru. “The little red dots are my happiness,” said Anaya, who traveled three hours by car from her native valley community to compete in the beauty contest.
44th Anniversary Of Ashaninka Community’s Founding
(Photo AP/Rodrigo Abd) Ashaninka Indian school children parade with lanterns during celebrations marking the 44th anniversary of the founding of their village, Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru. The Ashaninka people number in the tens of thousands and live mostly in the rainforests of Peru.
44th Anniversary Of Ashaninka Community’s Founding
(Photo AP/Rodrigo Abd) Ashaninka Indian school children parade with torches during festivities celebrating the 44th anniversary of their village, in Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru. The village is located in a valley near the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro rivers in the world’s largest coca growing region.