That’s a very interesting mix of suits, and more traditional, colourful ponchos. It’s also confusing because one of the boys that looks like the ones in the suit is wearing a green and blue poncho. It looks like two family photos from two different countries put together (with the exception of the boy in the blu and green poncho). Very interesting photo.
I’m intrigued. I’d like to know more about these men and children. Is this a school trip ? What are the old buildings behind them ?Are these gorgeous capes called “ruanas” ? Could we ask Bianca to tell us more ?
I do love it when the local indios grab some tourists for a nice photo op. It’s often done in my hometown. The people of my village, once they were given a camera and told how to use it, have not been able to stop taking photos–of themselves and others. Usually it is OK.
Sorry I don’t think that picture was made in BogotĂˇ. The indians in the picture are called Guambianos from GuambĂa, Cauca Province, Colombia’s south. The picture could have been taken in Popayan, Cauca’s capital, in some government building.
Nope. This picture is indeed taken in front of Palacio de NariĂ±o, the presidential palace facing Plaza de BolĂvar in downtown BogotĂˇ. As soon as I saw the columns, without looking at any comments or captions, I know where the shot had been taken. The men could very well be Guambianos, but the picture is in Bogota.
Iwanna know the story, why’re they standing together and are they the members of one family) Anyway they look cute together dressed in different styles)
Strong faces, really cool) http://greeneyedsummer.blogspot.com
This picture puts two starkly different segments of the colombian society in one piece. I like the unity that it portraits between people in contrasting realities although sharing the same culture and national identity. The background may be an historical Colombian building perhaps? The expression in their faces still intrigues me though
You can find similar situations in all Latin America. Fantastic picture, colombian boys getting it done with style back in the day.
This building is The NariĂ±o Palace (El Palacio de NariĂ±o), the principal goverment building, placed in BogotĂˇ, not in MedellĂn. And they (the natives) are not from BogotĂˇ! Nor MedellĂn (Not now, nor in 1970). They can be from Cauca, NariĂ±o or another Country: Ecuador.
There are not natives neither in BogotĂˇ, nor in MedellĂn, many, many years ago. You can find natives colonies in places far away from the colombian cities. Generally, these natives are in the cities because they have emigrated from their towns.
Colombia, as most of Latin America, is an amazing mixture of cultures. Â All ethnic groups (latinos of european descent, indigenous, and africans) are highly aesthetic-oriented so you see some pretty great style and architecture (contrary to what hollydoowd has shown). It is an awesome reality and this picture captures its cultural richness pretty well.
I’m very proud to find that you put a photo of Colombia.
I like the mixture of cultures because that is something that represent us,
we are pretty diverse
I have to tell you that this is not Medellin, it is BogotĂˇ and I can notice because of the clothes They’re using, Medellin is pretty hot, BogotĂˇ is cool, the architecture , it seems the Plaza de Bolivar in BogotĂˇ.
I can tell you because I was born in BogotĂˇ but now I live in Medellin so I know both places very well.
I really love and admire your blog.
Thanks for posting pictures of Colombia and not only US and Europe.
WOW!i love this photo, everyone here has their own style, the 2 men in the front, just love love them, cant stop looking at them, all the details..and the little child, so so cute, then the other members so proper in a way…really a nice composition.
It’s hard to think that these two families were together, but rather, that both were visiting the country’s capital BogotĂˇ (or perhaps immigrating) and that the parents thought it would be an interesting picture to have the kids pose with the other family as a souvenir. I would find it shocking if there was actually friendship, but I truly doubt it and so I find the picture quite sad.
Indeed, it is downtown BogotĂˇ. And the indian family belongs to the
Misak (also called Guambiano) people of Cauca, a Colombian southwestern province. If this picture was taken in the 70′s (though it looks from the 80′s), the Misak were just in the middle of a struggle for the recognition of their culture and territory. Part of their traditional clothing includes a woven hat wore only by women which conceals the history, universe and life of their people.
I believe this was taken in Bogota. I am from Medellin and this looks like the presidential palace ( Casa NariĂ±o). What the indigenous people in the photo are wearing is also from this region where Bogota is located not Medellin.
oh calm down. we’re all coming at this with our own points of reference. it doesn’t matter if our understanding of Columbian apparel comes from knowing the Wes Anderson aesthetic, we still have some familiarity with the look, which I think is a good thing. cultures should be exchanged and discussed and yes, certainly respected but, not rigidly compartmentalized.
The photographer is Hernando Molina Correa from Medellin, something of an expert on Indians of Colombia. It is Bogota, most likely the Palacio de Bolivar. The Indians are Chibchas.
He emigrated to US in 1956, married an American woman. Those are his 5 children, on their first visit to Colombia in 1971. The youngest was 8, wearing the blue and green ruana because it was cold in Bogota, and we had only prepared for much warmer Medellin. He asked permission to take the pictures. The boys had haircuts modeled loosely after the Beatles. Their expressions perhaps reflected fatigue from relentless exposure to monuments and keen desire to get into the pool, or eat.
The five are adults now and do reflect their heritage. They married English, Irish, Polish, Italian, Burmese and Chinese and have 15 children with a keen interest in Latin America. They are open, accepting and tolerant, high achievers,
Im from Colombia and can appreciate even more the beauty of this picture.. These are indigenous people from the south (Guambianos) who by the way don’t like pictures taken of them. Thank u so much for showcasing my culture.