An ancient story says that the Tobas would have arrived at Collasuyu with the
Inka Tupac Yupanqui, but it is believed that they came wearing their typical
costumes attracted by the fame of the Virgin of Candelaria.
Afterwards, a dancing group was formed which would take part in the religious
parties with a disguise of wilderness costume.
Costume and Steps
The tobas wear a skirt a small poncho a long turban with feathers at cuffs and
ankles covering. The cambas that would parade almost naked now wear pants and a
poncho with tassels on both costumes.
And the chipayas wear ponchos and pants slightly modified from the ones they wear
The most expensive item of the get - up is the turban the cuffs and ankle
The feathers, if they are of parihuanas (water birds); they will cost bolivians
120 and those of an ostrich, a bit more. A turban is made up with the feather of
twenty parihuanas, and an ankle covering item or cuff item, with ten feathers
each, which adds up to the price of the costume to over Bolivians Five Thousand.
The changes of steps are: those of "Bolivar" (quick with regular jumps); cambas
(quite agile, with jumps of over a meter high); the chucu-chucu, the merriest
rhythm that the public likes much; it is danced on the foot toes and almost on
the knees which produces cramps to the dancer, The "cullahui"jump-very scarcely
danced nowadays-would match the pinchullos (a flute kind of musical instruments)