digital archive project

Archivo Cultural de Cañar 

Three years ago, the family of traditional town photographer, Rigoberto Navas (1911-2001), 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, documents, and recordings from early Peace Corps volunteers (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 Archivo Cultural de Cañar will eventually include my own extensive collection of documentary photographs going back to1992, along with videos, oral histories, and rare music recordings. We are presently working with AILLA (Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America) at the Theresa Long Logano Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, to digitally publish the first three collections: Rigoberto Navas, Krener/Fock and Peace Corps.

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Niels Fock & Eva Krener, Juncal 1974

1 reinas, caballos y peones

Rigoberto Navas, Cañari hacienda workers with fiesta queens from town, date unknown


Entrance to Cañar, 1968, Peace Corps volunteer


Fiesta de Carnaval, various years, Judy Blankenshiprukuyaya with girlswm w cuyes





2 thoughts on “digital archive project

  1. I’m immediately reminded of Martin Chambi’s work in the early 20th century in Cuzco and vicinity.How many times in my own community have I wished I’d taken photos of older building that get torn down and the environment changes, an older era vanishes and a new reality emerges. Hope to see you later this month. We fly out of Seattle for Quito tomorrow. Abrazos, Eduardo

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