Archivo Cultural de Cañar
Three years ago, the family of traditional town photographer, Rigoberto Navas (1911-1991), invited me to begin organizing, printing and digitizing hundreds of their father’s glass-plate and early celluloid negatives. Since then, the Archivo Cultural de Cañar has taken shape with contributions of photographs and documents from early Peace Corps volunteers in CAñar (1968-74), photos and writings from Danish anthropologists Niels Fock and Eva Krener during their time in the village of Juncal (1973-74; 1976-77), and videos and recordings made by ethnomusicologist, Allison Adrian, during her six months in Cañar in 2016. The digital archive project will eventually include my own extensive collection of documentary photographs going back to 1992, along with videos, oral histories, and rare music recordings. We are in the process of creating a searchable database and website accessible to the public.