Macheteros

The Macheteros of San Ignacio de Moxos

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The most representative ritual dance of the Ichapekene Piesta in Bolivia is the Macheteros. With their enormous feathered headdresses, these solar warriors participate in this festivity that takes place every year in honor of San Ignacio de Loyola and where ancestral indigenous traditions have merged with the Catholic faith, ratifying the spiritual and community values of the bearers and participants. In the ritual, the symbolic component stands out, embodied in the costumes, scenarios and beliefs.

For the first time in 300 years, the Covid-19 pandemic prevented this celebration from taking place in 2020.

Mapa de Beni, Bolivia

Dancer

The Macheteros of San Ignacio de Moxos
Beni – Bolivia

Macheteros
Feather headdress

The Macheteros of San Ignacio de Moxos
Beni – Bolivia

Macheteros
Set of Macheteros

The Macheteros of San Ignacio de Moxos
Beni – Bolivia

Macheteros
Achus Character

The Macheteros of San Ignacio de Moxos
Beni – Bolivia

Macheteros
Traditional fabrics

The Macheteros of San Ignacio de Moxos
Beni – Bolivia

Macheteros
Weaver

The Macheteros of San Ignacio de Moxos
Beni – Bolivia

Macheteros
Wooden machete

The Macheteros of San Ignacio de Moxos
Beni – Bolivia

Macheteros
Chacay

The Macheteros of San Ignacio de Moxos
Beni – Bolivia

Macheteros
Dancer and headdress

The Macheteros of San Ignacio de Moxos
Beni – Bolivia

Macheteros
Traditional fabric

The Macheteros of San Ignacio de Moxos
Beni – Bolivia

Macheteros