Leopard skins and dancing shoes

Shuar dance party

Well, maybe a lack of dancing shoes.

Every Wednesday en la selva is family dinner night. The community cooks a traditional meal of fish, palm hearts and yucca. And then we dance the night away to Shuar music.

Admittedly, there’s only a couple songs on repeat, and the steps — particularly for women who really only do a modified bunny hop — get old quick.

Enrique (feet above) — who doesn’t like having his picture taken — puts on a full costume with lots of bracelets and jewelry and things made of palm seeds and a silk leopard print wrap in place of what would be a jaguar skin.

And we shimmy away to a song that is still playing in my head now. I wish I had thought to record the audio.

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