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Molinaro’s Travels

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Joe Molinaro has traveled throughout South America—including Mexico and Ecuador—to study and work with various indigenous groups and rural villages, learning the techniques and customs of their ceramic art forms. He 1995, he published an article depicting the daily life and ceramic arts of Jatun Molino, a small village in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Acording to Molinaro, “the village of Molino has approximately 100 inhabitants (60 children and 40 adults). While the primary language in Molino is Quichua, several residents have been able to learn Spanish as a result of traveling to the small towns that border the jungle region. The houses are made in a traditional style with most having the living areas elevated and the cooking and storage areas beneath the main floor. Palm leaves are woven together to form the roofs and bamboo poles are split and laid for the second story flooring. There are approximately 15 houses that make up the village, with each site being strategically located along the Rio Bobanaza and separated by thick jungle.”

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To learn more about the Oriente Quichua people (the Quichua living in the Ecuadorian Rainforest) you can visit the following Web sites:
http://www.tribes.co.uk/countries/ecuador/indigenous/quichua
http://www.peoplesoftheworld.org/text?people=Quichua

To find out more about Molinaro’s travels, visit his EKU profile site at:
http://people.eku.edu/molinaroj/