"These guys are the owners. They did well and they don't even live in the country, they live in Bolivia, then they come here for these festivities and once it's finished they go back. They have all [the money]."

Cart-puller watching the Bolivian dancers during the Fiesta de la Virgen de Urkupiña, August 15th.

  • Who are these groups of very nicely dressed people, the morenada and the diablada?

  • They are just stallholders, answered Enrique Antequera, manager of Urkupiña Market.

“In this way, the festival is a space where situations of fusion and fission among sectors and groups converge. There, migration is experienced as a race where one climbs up by participating in work activities at the same time as in festivities.”

Marta Giorgi. La Virgen Prestamista. La Fiesta de la Virgen de Urkupiña en el boliviano Gran Córdoba.

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