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Friday, August 19 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Short documentary: Tarpuna, Guardians of Corn in the Ecuadorian Highlands

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Tarpuna means ‘to sow’ in Kichwa, the ancestral language of the Andes. In the Corn episode of this documentary series, guardians from the highlands of Ecuador share their skills and traditions to preserve, exchange and reproduce their most sacred seed. The episode is a window into the most important indigenous ceremonial rituals centered around the sowing and harvest seasons in September and April-June. Viewers experience a typical day in the celebration of “la Sopalata”, with dancing and gatherings to honor the “abuelos” or sages during the day, and corn-based food and drink preparations and offerings at night. Traditional healers and cooks in the Saraguro, Loja and Cotacachi regions demonstrate the preparation of corn-based cooking recipes that have ritual and medicinal uses. Viewers take away a practical guide detailing the types, cultural meanings and methods of cooking, preservation, cultivation and honoring of corn in Ecuador.

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Pilar Egüez Guevara

Pilar Egüez Guevara, PhD is an Ecuadorian cultural anthropologist, writer and filmmaker, who specializes in food, culture, conflict and health. She is co-founder and director of Comidas que Curan, an independent food education and media company that blends ethnography and film to... Read More →
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Gustavo Chiriboga

Ecuadorian filmmaker. He studied cinema in Montpellier, France and has 10 years of experience directing, producing and editing award-winning films. Selected works include: Editor of "Amarukan" (2019). Won “Best Picture” in Guajaca´s Native Film Festival 2020.  Assistant editor/special... Read More →

Friday August 19, 2022 1:45pm - 2:30pm PDT
Northwest auditorium

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