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A museum in Bolivia pays homage to President Evo Morales

Updated : 2019-09-19 12:06:13

From the air, the Democratic and Cultural Revolution Museum stands like a concrete fortress amid the humble adobe and brick homes in the remote town of Orinoca high up in the desert of the Bolivian altiplano.

It's one of the biggest museums in this Andean country and it was built by President Evo Morales in his birthplace to honour the country's indigenous peoples. But the $7 million museum has stirred controversy because it is dedicated to Morales, the country's first indigenous president, and it has a whole floor that pays homage to him and his gifts from international soccer players and dignitaries.

The front of the Democratic and Cultural Revolution Museum, in Orinoca, Bolivia. From the air, the building stands like a concrete fortress amid the humble adobe and brick homes in the remote town of Orinoca high up in the desert of the Bolivian altiplano. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
The front of the Democratic and Cultural Revolution Museum, in Orinoca, Bolivia. From the air, the building stands like a concrete fortress amid the humble adobe and brick homes in the remote town of Orinoca high up in the desert of the Bolivian altiplano. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
The $7 million museum has stirred controversy because it’s dedicated to President Evo Morales, who is the country’s first indigenous president. It has a whole floor that pays homage to Morales and his gifts from international soccer players and dignitaries. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
The $7 million museum has stirred controversy because it’s dedicated to President Evo Morales, who is the country’s first indigenous president. It has a whole floor that pays homage to Morales and his gifts from international soccer players and dignitaries. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Photos of Bolivia's President Evo Morales adorn the walls at the Democratic and Cultural Revolution Museum in Orinoca, Bolivia. The museum in a remote town high up in the deserts of the Bolivian altiplano was built by President Morales in his birthplace of Orinoca to honour the country’s indigenous peoples. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Photos of Bolivia's President Evo Morales adorn the walls at the Democratic and Cultural Revolution Museum in Orinoca, Bolivia. The museum in a remote town high up in the deserts of the Bolivian altiplano was built by President Morales in his birthplace of Orinoca to honour the country’s indigenous peoples. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
This photo shows multimedia artwork honouring coca leaves and revolutionary leaders at the Democratic and Cultural Revolution Museum in Orinoca, Bolivia. The museum rising from the wind-swept Andean plateau is divided into three sections and has about a dozen halls. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
This photo shows multimedia artwork honouring coca leaves and revolutionary leaders at the Democratic and Cultural Revolution Museum in Orinoca, Bolivia. The museum rising from the wind-swept Andean plateau is divided into three sections and has about a dozen halls. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
This photo shows hats and ponchos Bolivia's President Evo Morales received as gifts, at the Democratic and Cultural Revolution Museum, in Orinoca, Bolivia. Hundreds of gifts to Morales during his travels around the globe were donated to the museum. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
This photo shows hats and ponchos Bolivia's President Evo Morales received as gifts, at the Democratic and Cultural Revolution Museum, in Orinoca, Bolivia. Hundreds of gifts to Morales during his travels around the globe were donated to the museum. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
A curator at the Democratic and Cultural Revolution Museum speaks about a representation of the Curahuara de Carangas' Final Judgement church mural, in one of the exhibition halls during a media tour, in Orinoca, Bolivia. The museum seeks to preserve Bolivia’s indigenous past, it holds only a few pre-Hispanic pieces, and most of them are replicas. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
A curator at the Democratic and Cultural Revolution Museum speaks about a representation of the Curahuara de Carangas' Final Judgement church mural, in one of the exhibition halls during a media tour, in Orinoca, Bolivia. The museum seeks to preserve Bolivia’s indigenous past, it holds only a few pre-Hispanic pieces, and most of them are replicas. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Indigenous handmade bags that were given as gifts to Bolivia's President Evo Morales, are displayed at the Democratic and Cultural Revolution Museum in Orinoca, Bolivia.  (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Indigenous handmade bags that were given as gifts to Bolivia's President Evo Morales, are displayed at the Democratic and Cultural Revolution Museum in Orinoca, Bolivia.  (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
"Charango", a small Andean stringed instrument with an image of Bolivia's President Evo Morales, is displayed at the Democratic and Cultural Revolution Museum in Orinoca, Bolivia. “Everyone says it’s the Evo museum, but it’s not,” said Mercedes Bernabé, who is in charge of the museum. “It’s recognition to Evo, but it’s much more than that. Here we have the 36 indigenous peoples and the history of the country.” (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Musical instruments that were given as gifts to Bolivia's President Evo Morales, are displayed at the Democratic and Cultural Revolution Museum in Orinoca, Bolivia. Museum officials say the mix of objects showcased allows visitors to get a closer look at Bolivia’s history as well as the “process of change” led by Morales. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Musical instruments that were given as gifts to Bolivia's President Evo Morales, are displayed at the Democratic and Cultural Revolution Museum in Orinoca, Bolivia. Museum officials say the mix of objects showcased allows visitors to get a closer look at Bolivia’s history as well as the “process of change” led by Morales. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Retired school teacher Gerardo Villca, a cousin of Bolivia's President Evo Morales, pauses during an interview in Orinoca, Bolivia. Rising in politics after leading a coca growers’ union, Morales became president in January 2006. In his more than 13 years in office, poverty has dropped steadily in South America’s poorest country. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
Retired school teacher Gerardo Villca, a cousin of Bolivia's President Evo Morales, pauses during an interview in Orinoca, Bolivia. Rising in politics after leading a coca growers’ union, Morales became president in January 2006. In his more than 13 years in office, poverty has dropped steadily in South America’s poorest country. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
This photo shows a towering stone post topped with a round billboard pointing out the straw roof home where Bolivia's President Evo Morales was born, on the outskirts of Orinoca, Bolivia. The two-room adobe house still has a thatched roof. It’s locked under bolt and its windows are boarded over. It’s the home where Morales was born and lived until age 15. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
This photo shows a towering stone post topped with a round billboard pointing out the straw roof home where Bolivia's President Evo Morales was born, on the outskirts of Orinoca, Bolivia. The two-room adobe house still has a thatched roof. It’s locked under bolt and its windows are boarded over. It’s the home where Morales was born and lived until age 15. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)
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