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Otavalo, Ecuador is home to a unique culture of an indigenous people that have thrived in spite of oppression and colonization. They still speak their native Quichua and unlike other indigenous groups, the people of Otavalo survived as a distinct ethnic group. They have the ability to hold onto traditional cultural values and practices and this can be seen in their traditional dress, music and their woven goods. Many of them travel around the world to sell their famous handicrafts or play in Andean Folk music groups. I spent many months over the span of five years living side by side documenting their lives and the surrounding areas of this magical country. 

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