150px-Escudo_del_CañarWelcome – Bienvenidos – Ikuychi!
Voces de Cañar/Cañarikunapa Rimay invites you to join our international exchange of radio, photography, video and writing about the lives of Cañaris in Ecuador and in New York. We are creating a bridge within one culture and between two locations to explore how traditions, cultural heritage and contemporary life find new forms of expression and adaptation. Our focus is on issues of migration – what are the impacts and how are families and communities transformed?  JOIN US by signing-up and offering your input. THANKS FOR BEING HERE! (Para español, se puede escogerla arriba, a la izquierda, en Language / Idioma).

Our Stories, Our Exchanges

Media stories are the nitty gritty of our international exchange. From both locales we’ll be producing radio segments, audio/visual presentations, videos and participant writings for posting in this section.   The radio segments produced from Cañar, Ecuador will be aired on  the program Kichwa Hitari  live on Radio El Tambo Stereo on Friday nights from 6 – 8 pmRead More

Cañar Blog Updates

Last year I had the great pleasure of meeting Judy Blankenship and her husband, Michael Jenkins, at their owner-built, traditional home in Cañar, Ecuador.  Little did I know that this introduction, from friends in New Mexico, would lead to what has now become Voces de Cañar.  I will admit from the get-go, I’m a synchronicity junkie, enthusiastic to

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Did You Know?

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Voces de Cañar/Cañarikunapa Rimay 

Our project is a digital storytelling exchange between indigenous communities in Cañar, Ecuador, and their counterparts in New York. Media producers, educational institutions, folklore organizations, and radio broadcasters come together to create a series of video, radio and written exchanges to explore the themes of cultural heritage and migration.

  • What is passed along?
  • What aspects of culture are transformed with migration?
  • What remains?
  • How do we survive the fractures in our families?
  • In what ways do the boundaries of geography hold us back, or free us?
  • Where do our memories and our imaginations take us?

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The People of Cañar and Their Culture

A  thriving highland market town in southern Ecuador, Cañar is designated the “cultural and archeological capital of Ecuador” for its large indigenous population and the nearby Inca and Cañari ruins, Ingapirca. But Cañar is also famous for the large number of migrants that have left their homes to seek economic opportunity in the United States. While remittances from migrants may have brought economic security to the region, other effects include disruption of family and social structure, loss of cultural heritage, and limited educational prospects. However, Cañari culture persists wherever its people live, in customs, dance, music, food, literature and language. Voces de Cañar /Cañarikunapa Rimay celebrates this continuity, and aims to promote a “conversation” between indigenous communities, whether in Ecuador, Minneapolis or the Bronx.