Higher than many peaks in the Rockies, it is the second largest mountain plateau in the world, after that of Tibet—a landscape of ice and fire, wind and salt that stretches from northern Argentina to the harsh flatlands of Peru.
75 percent of Bolivians are indigenous. The Highland Aymara people — nearly third of the population — live in the Altiplano. Keepers of extraordinary mythologies, Aymara believed to be descendants of the ancient Tiahuanacun civilization centered near Lake Titicaca in the early centuries A.D.
Photographers Thomas Rousset and Raphaël Verona traveled to the Altiplano and documented their encounters with the Aymaran witch doctors, spiritual healers and medicine men in a photo-book Waska Tatay — a fascinating mixture of reportage and staged portraiture.
This juxtaposition of old and new, good and evil, spiritual and physical creates an arresting image of the world where contradiction is harmony.