Salasaca Ecuador: An Ancient People Maintain Traditions

Posted on February 18, 2017 • Filed under: Culture, Ecuador, Latin America Indigenous Issues

Maintaining traditions in Salasaca of Ecuador’s Andes Here, men and women wear traditional clothes, hold festive rituals, and make handicrafts.
Salasaca, Ecuador – Sisters Martina Masaquiza Sailema and Luz Maria Masaquiza Sailema trot towards the outskirts of Mangiua village in Salasaca district, in the Ecuadorian Andes, exchanging a word in Quichua here and there, thick ropes and sickles dangling from their shoulders.

Strings of fluffy wool slide between their fingers and obediently lie down on swiftly turned spools. Two donkeys follow the women unwillingly. They jib every once in a while, but are scolded back to obedience.

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Salasaca district in Tungurahua province, Ecuador, takes up only 12 square kilometres, but has preserved the strong identity of its inhabitants, as well as their culture and customs. The Salasacas speak Spanish and their native Quechua language, indigenous to the people of Inca ancestry living in the Andes. Read Full Article/Photos

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