Ecuador. Salitre (Guayas). Day of the Montubios, Montubio is how the mestizo people of Ecuador's lowlands call themselves. Before the rodeo, the participating teams ride through town, their high-spirited female leaders first. victorenglebertphotography
Q’ero peoples, I experienced their Andean mountain existence of 15,000 feet. It is high up, cold and intense. The moment I stepped foot into our first camp at 10,000 feet I could feel the emotions welling up inside of me, connecting me to an ancient land where only tenacious people could survive.
This shaman wears an upright plume of feathers for a headress. “Snakes” hang down the back. Note that the drum is constructed with cross pieces and has what appears to be bells or jingle cones hanging inside the drum.