MEDICINE Blog

Salasaka, Andres and interviewee
Friday 9th February 2018
Out in the rural indigenous communities, interviewing people about their health beliefs and practices, it becomes very clear how socially disadvantaged many still are.
Ugsha, Imbabura
Friday 9th February 2018
The disposition of indigenous settlement throughout the sierra region of Ecuador (also Peru), is an historical relict of the early post Spanish Conquest re-organisation of the conquered territories and a process (called ‘reducciones’) that concentrated the much-reduced populations into European s
Zuleta Health Centre
Tuesday 23rd January 2018
The Health Centre at Zuleta Comuna is an excellent example of Intercultural health provision when it is functioning well. Sadly, this is not often the case around the country, as, despite policy guidance set out in Ecuador’s 2008 constitution that indigenous people enjoy the right to have their...
Doña Concepción with Elizabeth Currie
Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Doña Concepción is a traditional healer and midwife who lives in one of the scattered rural communities in the wider Zuleta catchment area. Her story is not at all unusual for indigenous people who work as healers throughout Ecuador.
Nevada Cayambe
Tuesday 23rd January 2018
I’m happy to report that the interview stage of the project is now well underway, and in addition to surveying the people of Salasaka in Imbabura province in the Central Sierra region of Ecuador, I am including the Comuna of Zuleta in Imbabura province in the north.
Zuleta archaeological site
Sunday 10th December 2017
More than a month has passed since I attended the Dia de los Difuntos celebrations in Salasaka, and I have returned there since to start the survey phase of the project.
Día de los Difuntos, Salasaka
Sunday 12th November 2017
The commemoration of death and the veneration of ancestors is one of the most recognizably ‘human’ traits, observable in archaeological contexts dating back at least into the Upper Paleolithic period in Europe, and possibly earlier still in the Middle East and in sub-Saharan Africa.
Local chakana, Salasaka
Thursday 19th October 2017
During my recent visit to the indigenous township of Salasaka, we happened upon a family ritual, commonly conducted in these regions in the aftermath of a funeral, in the form of a group of people celebrating at a small local cross roads around a bonfire.
Salasaka Yachak and Partera
Wednesday 18th October 2017
Last month I was able to spend a weekend at the indigenous township of Salasaka, in Tungurahua province, at the home of Jorge Caisabanda and family in the Huasalata community. We are planning to start the survey phase of the project in one of the communities here in December.
GAIAS, San Cristóbal island, Galápagos
Thursday 3rd August 2017
With my return from Seville at the end of June, the first formal phase of the project representing the analysis of bibliographic, archaeological and ethnohistorical records concluded.

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