Historical Latin America

Los Caballeros


It’s an odd week for me as I have been involved in one of the alienable rights of being an American. The right to be called up for jury duty. Part of the judicial process is to provide a right to trial by jury, and members are chosen from a pool of registered voters in the country. It’s one of those things that we love to hate. Thinking of many ways to get out of it.

Alas, I was selected today as an alternate. Just one person away from being excused from the week and it is a three-day trial. So while I’m stuck inside a courtroom for hours on end I hope that you’re at least doing something far more exciting than I.


For today’s story, I will share my father’s. As he was an Anthropologist that specialized in Latin American Studies in the 1960’s – late 1970’s. In particular, Bolivia, Peru, and Paraguay. There was a collection of slides in my mother’s house that I went through and pulled out about 750 of them to be scanned by Photobin.com. It took them a couple of months, and have just sent me the link with the images, which will be followed by CD’s of the scanned slides.

The challenge will be to try to use my best guess in determining where and when the images were captured. Many of the Quechua and Aymara Indian life high in the Andes Mountains. These images truly capture a place and a time that has very slowly evolved to Andean life today.

“Los Caballeros” are three horseman riding in games. From the dress, I’m guessing they are from Paraguay in the late 1960’s.

I hope you enjoy this visit to the past in a different place with these featured images that I will share with you time to time in the near future. In the meantime, I’ll tell the judge you said hello.

15 replies »

  1. Ha. Sorry. The 3 Amigos movie came to mind right away. I love Steve Martin!
    Sorry you got stuck working for the gov. Last time I went in 1988, I got paid $17.55 for the day. . It’s got to be up to $18.00 by now. Ha!

  2. Well, jury duty is only a few days, maybe you can do some napping to make up for the early morning birding trips.

    How cool to have your dad’s slides, I’ll be looking forward to see a few of them!

    • I hope to share more of his photos but don’t want to bore the masses. Really interesting stuff of indian life in the Andes mountains. Jury Duty wasn’t bad, I just wish I wasn’t an alternate since I had spent the time, I wanted him to do the time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Love this post. I’ve always fancied Jury service myself. What a fascinating life your Dad must have led and it’s great you’ve got the slides of some of his images. I guess that is where you’re interest in photograph comes from.

    • Do you have mandatory jury duty in your country? It is part of a being an American citizen, whether a registered voter or not. You’re right, I did inherit the photography thing from dad. I loved it when I was a little girl.

      • Yes we do…..if you get called for Jury Duty, you can defer to a later date if you have a very good reason, but you can’t refuse without getting into trouble with the law yourself.

  4. Lovely image! They look like Gauchos from the Argentinian Pampa to me. What a great shot!
    On another note, good luck with your Jury Serive. I got out of mine about 20 years ago because I had a baby and nobody else to look after him! Try and stay awake!

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