Tinku Festival in Macha – Part 2, The Fights

  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Tinku Fighting Festival
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Villagers circle dance to announce their arrival in Macha.
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    Sleeping quarters.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    We had rabbits.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    And punk rock chickens.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    And hay bales. It made me feel at home.
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    Vendors.
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    Policia to control the fights.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Tinku Fighting Festival
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Tinku Fighting Festival. Total chaos.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Police and their whips, often machinery belts or ropes with knots in their ends.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Tinku Fighting Festival policia.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Tinku Fighting Festival
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    Our friend Chino who was 45-years-old and looking for a fight.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    I bought Chino a beer for courage.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Dancing.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Drunk very early in the day.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Tinku Fighting Festival
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Villages arriving to fight.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Fall down drunk at 9am.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Village colors.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Villages arriving in Macha with music and dance.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    The best hat in town!
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Chicha, the corn-alcohol moonshine we were drinking from buckets.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    The Bolivina Mandolin player from his village.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Tinku Fighting Festival
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Tinku Fighting Festival
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Village colors.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Drinking beer and getting ready.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Village arrivals.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Getting ready.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Circle dance.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Rival village circle dances.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Tinku Fighting Festival
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Tinku Fighting Festival
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Tinku Fighting Festival
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    I had to buy a photography and film pass for 100 Bolivianos ($14.50 US).
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Macha.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Tinku Fighting Festival
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    The fights.
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    Pepper spray to control the crowd.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Mi amigos.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Knocked out.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Policing. Whipping people back.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Fighters.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Circle fights.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Circle fights.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Fighters.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Fighters.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Circle fights.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Circle fights.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Circle fights.
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    I decided to get into the ring for the fights myself.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    It was like getting to the front row of a rock concert.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    But I pushed my way up.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    And eventually busted into the ring past the police who did not know what to do with me, so they left me and told me to squat down.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Inside images.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Inside images.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    My best picture of the festival.
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    I ended up with blood on my jeans while dodging the bodies of the fighters.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    It was intense.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Knocked out...
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    ...and carried out.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    I like the blood on his face in this one.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Fighters.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Fighters.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    "You're next!"
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Fighters.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Fighters.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Blood and beer.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Village colors.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    My Swedes!
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Tinku dress.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    My Swedes with a warrior.
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    Teargas bomb.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Teargassed.
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    The women involved in tinku.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    This drunk man looking for more...
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    ...covered in blood and his wife pulling him back.
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    Girl tinku fighters...
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    ...pulling hair. A global women's fighting move.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    After a kick to the face.
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    Being helped out.
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    Trying to recollect himself after a kick to the face. They get violent. It is nothing to shake hands before a fight, or embrace in a hug, and then kick your opponent in the face as he goes down.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Bloodied fighter.
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    Knocked out.
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    Knocked out.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Teargassing.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Passed out.
  • Tinku Fighting Festival.  Macha, Bolivia.
    Leaving the festival.

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