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Music and the Cholera Epidemic in Ecuador

Wednesday, December 4, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephen Stuempfle
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The Cultural Toll of the Cholera Epidemic in Otavalo, Ecuador
By Jessie M. Vallejo
Folklife, November 25, 2019

I spent the summer of 2010 in Otavalo, Ecuador, an Andean market town surrounded by peaks and volcanos. My goal was to take Kichwa language classes with Patricio Maldonado and to study that language through immersion at his home. I ended up learning so much more about his family, the local music traditions, and the struggles of the community.

My first evening in Otavalo’s Kotama community was the last evening of Hatun Puncha, the summer solstice festival.

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