We helped digging and carrying new potatoes.
|Small mid-morning harvest|
|Sam carries potatoes; all I have to carry are the hoes|
Silvano repares the Chakitaklya, the Andean Foot Plow,
for early sod-busting in preparation for next year's planting. He has made the curved parts from manzanita wood, carefully pruned and chosen for the right shape.
|Brand new chakitaklya|
|assembled with rawhide|
|make it really tight|
Here are some pictures from opening day celebrations:
|Elementary school kids get balloons|
|Secondary gets confetti in their hair|
|Seated in the upper right are the officers of Taquile|
I am told that less than a quarter of the students show up for the first week. However, education on Taquile is getting more strict. They doubled the number of teachers in the High School this year, and most of the elementary grades have two rooms per grade. I hope this means more attention and smaller classes.