Loose Roots, New Traditions

Machachi, cantonal capital of Mejía, is a city that has watered through a valley until encountering mountains and volcanoes. Its inhabitants, residents of Pasochoa, Rumiñahui and El Corazón, are prepared in advance to receive the Paseo del Chagra and all the events that surround it, which summon people from all over the region making it the biggest meeting of the chacarera culture in the equator; and that is that Machachi, during its festivities, becomes a convention that brings together associations of chagras, fans of bullfighting and people who want to enjoy the fun and the excesses of typical “village parties”. But there are also many families, who still wear the poncho of the landowner and are also recognized as chagras. The Chagra, come from “Chacra”, Quichua word that means piece of land, in the beginning the Chagra was the guardian of the mountain, the highest moors preserve their spirit, which has been intervened by miscegenation. This project is a reflection of the popular, the imposed and the result of the colony before the original, which left nothing but fights, bets and a little rum.

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