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Indigenous beauty contest in Peruvian rainforest
The participants in the beauty contest wear the simple brown dresses of the Ashaninka indigenous woman, their faces dotted in a traditional design with a red dye extracted from a spice called achiote. 
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June 23, 2015: Yeni Casiano Barboza, 15, from the Ashaninka Indian community, Natividad, poses for a photo while waiting to compete in the annual beauty contest, in the Otari Nativo village, Pichari, Peru.

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June 22, 2015: Ashaninka Indian women skim fat from the meat of a cow in the village Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru. The cow was donated by municipal authorities to mark the 44th anniversary of the community's founding.

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June 23, 2015: Ashaninka Indians drink Peruvian beer as they wait for the start of band during the 44th anniversary celebrations of their village, in Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru. Other activities included a beauty contest, an archery competition, and a drinking contest of the traditional fermented juice of cassava root, known locally as masato.

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June 23, 2015: A bucket filled with the traditional fermented juice of cassava root, known locally as masato, and an empty bottle of Peruvian beer. Masato, which is imbibed throughout the day by community members, including children, is made by boiling the root, chewing it and spitting into a container with water, then left to ferment.

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June 23, 2015: Ashaninka Indian beauty contestants pose for a photo with members of a visiting music group, hired to perform during the annual founding anniversary festivities, in Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru.

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June 22, 2015: Ashaninka Indian men smoke meat on a grill made from bamboo canes, in the Otari Nativo village, Pichari, Peru.

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June 23, 2015: A panel of invited judges evaluate contestants in the Ashaninka Indian beauty contest, in Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru. Participants were each asked two varying questions about local geography and politics, such as to identify nearby rivers or to name Perus president, who is Ollanta Humala.

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June 23, 2015: An Ashaninka Indian man rests his bow and arrows on his left shoulder, as he dances during the 44th anniversary celebrations of their village, Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru.

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June 23, 2015: Ashaninka Indian school children parade with torches during festivities celebrating the 44th anniversary of their village, in Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru. The village is located in a valley near the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro rivers in the worlds largest coca growing region.

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June 23, 2015: Ashaninka Indian school children parade with lanterns during celebrations marking the 44th anniversary of the founding of their village, Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru.

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June 23, 2015: Contestants dance during the Ashaninka Indian beauty contest, among the annual festivities marking the founding of the community of Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru. In addition to the standard Ashaninka dress, the contestants also showed off a shorter, midriff-baring summer version that can be used for swimming. On their chests, they wore multiple strands of colored beads crisscrossed like bandoliers.

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June 23, 2015: Ashaninka Indians make pictures with their cell phones as they watch local beauty contestants compete, in Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru.

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June 23, 2015: Beysi Anaya, 17, representing the Sampantuari village, is crowned the beauty contest winner during the annual festivities marking the founding of the Ashaninka community of Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru.

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June 23, 2015: Beysi Anaya, 17, strikes a pose after winning the Ashaninka Indian beauty contest, during the annual festivities marking the founding of the community in Otari Nativo, Pichari, Peru. Anaya was pleased with her win, but said she wants to study agronomy to help improve the cacao, coffee and achiote crops grown by her community.

Indigenous beauty contest in Peruvian rainforest

The participants in the beauty contest wear the simple brown dresses of the Ashaninka indigenous woman, their faces dotted in a traditional design with a red dye extracted from a spice called achiote. 

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