Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Spain Prince & Tihuanacu Indigenous Inauguration

Spain’s Bolivian embassy announced that it will be sending the Prince of Asturias, Felipe de Borbón to attend Evo Morales’ re-election ceremony in La Paz this January 22nd. According the Bolivian government already
confirmed to attend are Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet, Argentina’s Cristina Fernández, and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. Morales will also hold a large indigenous re-election ceremony the day before in the Kalasasaya temple in the ruins of Tihuanacu. Indigenous leaders from over 300 groups from all over the Americas will attend this ceremony to bless the only Native American president in the Americas. Tihuanacu is a symbolic choice for Morales because it was the capital a pre-incan empire based near the shore of Lake Titicaca in the Bolivian altiplano that stretched over much of South America and lasted many times longer than the Incas. The Tihuanacu civilization was responsible for many of the technological advances that the Incans made famous. President Morales continues to enjoy widespread support among Bolivia’s poor indigenous Andean groups but is less popular among Amazonian tribes.


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