Category: Native Americans

Walk in Beauty in Dinétah, the Navaho IR

Dinétah (Navaho Indian Reservation), Arizona, USA. 23.-24. May, 2017. When entering the Navaho Indian Reservation (Dinétah in the Navaho (Diné bizaad) language) at the picturesque Marble Canyon in Arizona, one meets sale booths with a great variety of locally made hands and crafts, ranging… Continue Reading “Walk in Beauty in Dinétah, the Navaho IR”

Loosing a Hair, Loosing a Culture Or, the Lakota Boy who Lost his Hair

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. 29. May, 2017. This is a true story about a young Oglala Lakota Native American boy I became acquainted with in a grill party on Memorial Day. I met the 12 year old boy by the pool in the back… Continue Reading “Loosing a Hair, Loosing a Culture Or, the Lakota Boy who Lost his Hair”

The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca

Puno, Lake Titicaca, Peru. 18. April, 2017. On Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia are located 42 unique islands. These are no ordinary islands as those are man made to float on the lake. Made out of a thick totora reed, which needs to… Continue Reading “The Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca”

Forever young Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada. 17. May, 2017. If you think Las Vegas is just casinos and a playground to do crazy things, well you are probably right. But Las Vegas is more than that. It is also a childlike city that always wants new toys… Continue Reading “Forever young Las Vegas”

Magical Uxmal and Kabah

NahuaYucatán, Mexico. 13. May, 2017. Uxmal and Kabah were two of the largest Maya cities in the Yucatan from 700-1200 CE. Connected by a grand 18 km. long raised pedestrian causaway five meters wide with great monumental arches at each end. Grand roads connected… Continue Reading “Magical Uxmal and Kabah”

The Gorgeous Cenotes of Mexico

Haven’t heard of cenotes? Neither had I but they are gorgeous, and there are plenty to go around, around 7.000 in the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. Cenotes are essentially sinkholes or underground caves that are formed when limestone burdocks collapse, leaving a hole in the… Continue Reading “The Gorgeous Cenotes of Mexico”

Amazing Tiwanaku

Tiwanaku, Bolivia. 7. April, 2017. Tiwanaku was the ceremonial capital of an empire that thrived in the Andes Mts. around Lake Titicaca from 200-700 AD. Only administrators and leaders lived in the city and directed the daily running of the empire from this place.… Continue Reading “Amazing Tiwanaku”

The Magic of Chichen Itzá

Chichen Itzá, Yucatán, Mexico. 7. May, 2017. The multicultural Maya city of Chichen Itzá was once the largest city in the Yucatán Peninsula. The name means something like the watery magical hole place, in reference to the sacred cenote nearby. Exhibiting many different cultural… Continue Reading “The Magic of Chichen Itzá”

Sweet Mérida

Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico. 7. May, 2017. Mérida (T’hó or Ichkanzihóo) is the capital of Yucatán state and the largest city of the Yucatán Peninsula. A beautiful city of little more than one million people. Probably the longest continually-occupied city in the Americas, it is… Continue Reading “Sweet Mérida”

Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico

Mexico, Mexico. 4. May, 2017. A visit to the National Anthropology Museum in Mexico city is a breathtaking experience. This large museum covers all of pre-Hispanic Mexico in a fascinating way along with matters and concerns in modern times. This museum takes a full… Continue Reading “Museo Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico”

Huēyi Teōcalli (Templo Mayor)

Mexico, Mexico. 3. May, 2017. One must have an active imagination and previous knowledge of the Aztec (Mexica) capital Tenochtitlán, to recreate in the mind how it’s major temple complexe, Huēyi Teōcalli, called Templo Mayor today, must have looked like in pre-Hispanic times. With… Continue Reading “Huēyi Teōcalli (Templo Mayor)”

The Magnificent Teotihuacán

Mexico, Mexico. 2. May, 2017. It had been my childhood dream since I was 14 years old to visit the mysterious ancient city of Teotihuacán in Mexico. Already a ruin when the Nahua-speaking Mexica, better known as the Aztecs, came wandering onto the shores… Continue Reading “The Magnificent Teotihuacán”

Fighting Cholitas

La Paz (Chuqi Yapu), Bolivia 9. April, 2017 Watched Aymara women and men ‘fighting’ in the ring in El Alto, a mostly Aymaran sister city of La Paz. This is generally a rather popular event with locals, with the Fighting Cholitas exciting people more… Continue Reading “Fighting Cholitas”

Mexico City y Tenochtitlán

Mexico City, Mexico. 1. May, 2017. The site of Mexico City is the ancient Aztec capital of Tenochtitlán. What a splendid city that must have been! The modern city of Mexico definitely has it’s charm however. Our accommodations is a B&B at a place… Continue Reading “Mexico City y Tenochtitlán”

A Lively Festival

La Paz (Chuqi Yapu), Peru 9.04.2017 We were woken early on Sunday morning by loud banging of drums and trumpets just outside our hotel window. A little annoyed we scrambled to the window to see what was going on. The little church just next… Continue Reading “A Lively Festival”

Being Poor in Peru

Lima, Peru 27.04.2017 Three meter high fences around your home, topped with electric wiring and crushed glass. Why does a nice upper class area like the Miraflores neighbourhood in Lima have to make their homes look like fortresses? A big part of the reason is… Continue Reading “Being Poor in Peru”

Blessed Pachamama

Cuzco, Runa Simi (Quechua) Country, Peru 20.04.2017 We participated today in a special ritual dedicated to Pachamama, the gods in the mountains and the Incas Sacred Valley, Willka Qhichwa. Although this was done for tourists at this occasion, the ritual has clearly a sacred… Continue Reading “Blessed Pachamama”

Spanish, a Language of Oppression

Lima, Peru 25.04.2017 In modern times in South America the media, TV and radio, is the ultimate tool of choice for spreading the Spanish language throughout the continent. Media that is in English or other languages is mercilessly and ridiculously dubbed in Spanish before… Continue Reading “Spanish, a Language of Oppression”

Saksaywaman

Cuzco, Runa Simi (Quechua) Country, Peru 22.04.2017 A mysterious and fantastic place. Surreal. Defies explanation. Who built it? Why did they build it? What is the meaning of the layout of the place? Does it have some correlation to Angkor Wat and Tiwanaku? What… Continue Reading “Saksaywaman”

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