"Saint John of Two Rivers Tena" is also known as the "capital of guayusa and cinnamon".
|A dance performance in the beginning of the Ñusta Waysa Ishpinku Warmi beauty contest.|
The city had its 454th birthday on November 15th this year.
Part of the annual festivities for Tena’s anniversary is a beauty contest for local indigenous nationality, Kichwas.
The winner of the contest has a historical title: Ñusta Waysa Ishpinku Warmi.
It can be translated as The Queen of Cinnamon and Guayusa.
|Warriors danced while the candidates first came to the stage.|
But usually the shorter version of, Cinnamon and Guayusa Woman or Waysa Ishpinku Warmi, is used.
|Former Ñusta Waysa Ishpinku Warmi being interviewed by local TV station.|
This year’s reigning queen, Mabbel Andy, comes from the Kichwa area of Pano.
She won the judges over with her fluent Kichwa and ancestral knowledge.
|Kuraka purifies the girls and makes them safe from the attacks of sacha supay, forest's evil demons.|
In this beauty queen contest the majority of points come, not from the way the contestants look, but from their knowledge of Kichwa culture, language and tradition.
|Two of the three judges, all of them women and either Kichwas themselves or fluent in Kichwa.|
Another difference from the more familiar beauty pageants is the concept of the beauty in itself.
|Tena's mayer (at the right) dancing with the Hispanic Beauty Queen, Reina de Tena, or Queen of Tena.|
A beautiful Kichwa woman has a long straight hair that the contestant straightened even more with baby oil.
|Contestants in their fantasy outfits.|
A traditional beautiful Kichwa woman is also shy.
|At the backstage during the contest.|
She speaks in a quiet voice.
|Depictions of traditional Kichwa way of life and dance performances.|
She does not look people straight to the eye and the most important thing of all…
|Ñusta Waysa Ishpinku Warmi 2014-2015 Mabbel Andy from Pano in her fantasy outfit.|
A traditional Kichwa beauty is a bit round and has a feminine shape.