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Convening at El Convento

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Convening at El Convento

Circle on the Square’s Solstice trip to Cochasqui pyramids was concluded with an end of the day gathering at El Convento in Cotacachi.  El Convento, once the home of nuns, El Convento now houses a cafeteria, a restaurant, meeting rooms, a bakery a lounge with fireplace and a tour information company. After our tour we went to enjoy coffee, and fresh fruit salads with yogurt.  We were also treated to live music by an excellent flautist who played traditional music accompanied by chimes which added a lovely and ethereal  element to the music.  We also enjoyed a short dance performance....

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Inti Raymi 2014 at Cochasqui

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Inti Raymi 2014 at Cochasqui

Inti Raymi is a celebration observed at the time of the June solstice.  For indigenous people throughout the Americas the solstices and equinoxes  were observed and celebrated as important moments of the year in which the Earth and Sun were in special alignments with each other. Such alignments in time were important due to the relationship of Earth with the angle of the Sun and its influence on all life on Earth.  Science collects and analyzes data about the Sun, but how many people recognize or think of the Sun as a living entity providing a constant flow of life sustaining energy to our...

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Solstice 2014 at Cochasqui Archaeological Site

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Solstice 2014 at Cochasqui Archaeological Site

The largest archaeological site in Ecuador, Cochasqui, is located in the highlands north of Quito. Circle on the Square organized a tour to celebrate the June 21 solstice there with a group of 30 people. Celebrating the solstice is a yearly tradition of the indigenous tribes or communities throughout Ecuador and indeed throughout South America. At this time of year people give thanks to the Sun and to the Earth for sustaining us.  People celebrate the power of the Sun which is the giver of life and the bounty of the earth as well as the feminine aspect of nature which brings forth life and...

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Wood Sculptors in San Antonio de Ibarra

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Blog | 1 comment

Wood Sculptors in San Antonio de Ibarra

Visiting a wood sculpting shop across from the central plaza in San Antonio de Ibarra was an unforgettable experience.  There were towering classically carved figures -most created for great cathedrals,  numerous sculpted works of art including human figures, angels and animals amidst the scent of cedar wood and piles of wood shavings on the workshop floor. Here we were shown the carving process from rough through successive refinements.  We were shown how the sculptors work with exact classic proportions, how repairs are made to centuries old statues, how glass eyes are made for the...

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Armando Buitron, Ecuadorian Artist

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

Armando Buitron, Ecuadorian Artist

Armando Buitron is a painter and creator of embossed paper art.  A group led by myself and Diego Buitron (Armando’s brother)  visited his studio in May 2014  during an art tour through San Antonio de Ibarra. Armando teaches art in Quito, and sells his work in the famous Plaza de Ponchos in the town of Otavalo. During our visit Armando demonstrated making paper pulp which sometimes takes as long as 45 minutes of grinding the wet paper into pulp on a large stone basin. Next the pulp is rolled between two sheets of thin plastic to form sheets.  Once the sheets are made they are pressed...

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