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.