Indigenous Peruvians hold native bullfights

Scores of highland Indians gathered outside a bullfighting ring on the outskirts of Peru's capital over the weekend to celebrate a festival tied to their Andean hometown of Huanuco.

The Yawar Toro center on Lima's outskirts is the site of native celebrations held year-round by indigenous people who have moved to Lima from the country's highlands. Different groups use the center to organize bullfights and concerts, mark the feast days of patron saints and hold other celebrations popular in their native communities.

In addition to three bullfights held Sunday, natives of Huanuco also celebrated their roots with music, dance and food.


People watch a parade outside a bullfighting ring at the Yawar Toro center during a festival on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. The festival was organized by people from the town of Huanuco to celebrate their native customs, in the arts of culinary, dance and music. People from Peru's Andean highlands who have emigrated for decades to the capital in search for opportunities, organize fairs on various dates in honor of their various patron saints, to celebrate the anniversaries of their communities or to celebrate their local customs. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)