The Chiriboga Foundation received the proposal of helping a “Living Museum” who is interested to contribute in the conservation and revitalization of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the Kichwa Otavalango
people, through research, tourism development and cultural education. This museum is managed by 22 families of the Otavalo’s community, who bought the property, in order to conserve their history, in this building in the past there was an “Obraje” a fabric factory.
The Museo Viviente is a fascinating place. It is located in an old textile factory where from 1851 to 1998 (!) Members of the local indigenous group Kichwa had to work under terrible circumstances. In 2011, a group of Kichwa families managed to buy the place to create a cultural Centre including a museum of Kichwa culture and a space for cultural and social events and Kichwa language classes. The space has a lot of potential, but needs some help to be rebuilt.
The work in the Museum includes working with tools such as shovels, hoes and others, that means being
ready to get dirty! The participants are going to support the families renovating and readjustment of the entrance, to repair the stairs of the pyramid- channel of water and the development of educational games for children about the art of weaving. The project is going carried out, with the help of the local community (families)
Local culture, community life, local history
Subject of study:
Raise awareness about the importance of keeping the history of the Otavalovcommunity, principally about the Obraje.
We are going to sleep, work and eat in the museum. The museum is located in walking distance from the vivid city Centre of Otavalo with its famous indigenous handicrafts market.
Spanish and English
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