Cañar: A Year In The Highlands Of Ecuador by Judy BlankenshipCañar: A Year In The Highlands Of Ecuador by Judy Blankenship

Cañar: A Year In The Highlands Of Ecuador

byJudy Blankenship

Paperback | April 1, 2005

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Once isolated from the modern world in the heights of the Andean mountains, the indigenous communities of Ecuador now send migrants to New York City as readily as they celebrate festivals whose roots reach back to the pre-Columbian past. Fascinated by this blending of old and new and eager to make a record of traditional customs and rituals before they disappear entirely, photographer-journalist Judy Blankenship spent several years in Cañar, Ecuador, photographing the local people in their daily lives and conducting photography workshops to enable them to preserve their own visions of their culture. In this engaging book, Blankenship combines her sensitively observed photographs with an inviting text to tell the story of the most recent year she and her husband Michael spent living and working among the people of Cañar.

Very much a personal account of a community undergoing change, Cañar documents such activities as plantings and harvests, religious processions, a traditional wedding, healing ceremonies, a death and funeral, and a home birth with a native midwife. Along the way, Blankenship describes how she and Michael went from being outsiders only warily accepted in the community to becoming neighbors and even godparents to some of the local children. She also explains how outside forces, from Ecuador's failing economy to globalization, are disrupting the traditional lifeways of the Cañari as economic migration virtually empties highland communities of young people. Blankenship's words and photographs create a moving, intimate portrait of a people trying to balance the demands of the twenty-first century with the traditions that have formed their identity for centuries.

About The Author

JUDY BLANKENSHIP is an independent journalist, photographer, and editor based in Portland, Oregon.
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Title:Cañar: A Year In The Highlands Of EcuadorFormat:PaperbackDimensions:223 pages, 9 × 6.05 × 0.6 inPublished:April 1, 2005Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292706391

ISBN - 13:9780292706392

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Old Friends
  • Chapter 2. Killa Raymi: Festival of the Moon
  • Chapter 3. A House in Cañar
  • Chapter 4. The Day of the Dead
  • Chapter 5. La Limpieza
  • Chapter 6. A Dinner to Honor the Dead, and Us
  • Chapter 7. The Meeting
  • Chapter 8. Greeting the New Year
  • Chapter 9. Life in Cañar at Three Months
  • Chapter 10. Día de San Antonio
  • Chapter 11. This Camera Pleases Me
  • Chapter 12. The New Economy
  • Chapter 13. A Death in Cañar
  • Chapter 14. Carnaval
  • Chapter 15. Betrothal, Cañari Style
  • Chapter 16. Life in Cañar at Six Months
  • Chapter 17. A Wedding
  • Chapter 18. Mama Michi Goes to Canada
  • Chapter 19. The Way Things Work
  • Chapter 20. A Birth in Cañar
  • Chapter 21. We Walk the Inca Trail
  • Chapter 22. Saying Good-bye

Editorial Reviews

"General readers will enjoy this book. . . . It will appeal to those who are curious about life in a Third World village and those who are interested in contemporary indigenous communities." - Lynn Hirschkind, Professor and Academic Director, Lewis and Clark College International Program, Cuenca, Ecuador