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Indigenous Elders Cultural Preservation Project:
Imbabura Taytamamakuna Kawsay

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Mama Susanne Amaguana of Agato, Otavalo


Photojournalist Rafael Perez Anrango of Tunibamba, Cotacachi captured fifteen inspiring personal life stories and character portraits of indigenous elders who live in the rural communities of the Imbabura province of Ecuador. The captivating  voices and images of these taytamamakune were displayed in the Kinti Wasi art gallery in Otavalo in April, 2022 and in Tarrytown, New York in January 2024.

Wichana's trilingual book, "Imbabura Taytamamakuna Kawsay," the Lives of Indigenous Elders in Otavalo and Cotacachi contains the material in Tayta Rafael's exhibit, in Kichwa with English and Spanish translation. Now available worldwide on Amazon, at our Cotacachi office or directly from the Foundation.

The exhibit’s intent is to reveal and preserve for future generations the inspiring lived histories of local  indigenous people as recalled by their elders. Imbabura Taytamamakuna Kawsay communications are in three languages: Kichwa, English and Castellano. Wichana Foundation hopes that a trilingual presentation so that the knowledge and wisdom of the elders can be transmitted to more populations.

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