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Teddy bears offer history lessons in Bolivia

Wednesday, December 02, 2015 - 00:55

A museum uses teddy bears to depict life - past and present - in La Paz. Angela Moore reports.

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Key moments in Bolivia's history lay bare inside the Elsa Paredes doll museum in La Paz. Stuffed toy bears dressed in elaborate costumes, depict key events in recent history - such as a protest outside the presidential palace. A furry likeness of President Evo Morales stands surrounded by his guards. SOUNDBITE: Estefani Dusan, visitor, saying (Spanish) "This is very interesting because it is as if the activists are complaining to President Evo Morales and it looks like Evo is saying 'no'." The teddy bears join the museum's permanent collection of more than 2,000 dolls. But bear in mind it's not just historic events on display. Many of the vintage dolls have their own histories -- as they were donated to the museum after being passed down through several generations of Bolivian families.

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Teddy bears offer history lessons in Bolivia

Wednesday, December 02, 2015 - 00:55