The Tsachilas: A People With Strong Ancestral Identity

In the past they were called colorados (“reds”), but the true name of this Ecuadorian ethnic groups is the Tsasimplchilas (video). They are identified by their way of dressing, as well as by the men’s hairstyle (covered with a red paint obtained from achiote plant), their language of Tsafiqui (which means “true word”), and by their knowledge of healing and traditional foods.

The Tsachilas live in Ecuador’s coastal-plain province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas

The Tsachilas live in Ecuador’s coastal-plain province of Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas

The Tsachilas live primarily in the Ecuadorian coastal-plain province of Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, whose historical name was “Yumbos Province.” They are an ethnic group with a strong identity and a tremendous cultural wealth worth learning about.

Traditionally they have engaged in hunting, fishing and agriculture, but they are also known for their crafts, of which pottery and basket-weaving have become important parts of their economic activities.

They are a people who have preserved their traditions. Among these, one of the best known is traditional medicine, which is a set of knowledge and rituals that have been handed down from their elders. Across the continent, the Tsáchilas are known as a people with powerful natural medicines. In fact, their shamans are considered intermediaries between the gods and humans.

This indigenous people retains their knowledge of traditional medicine, inherited from their ancestors

This indigenous people retains their knowledge of traditional medicine, inherited from their ancestors

The province of Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas is lush, rich and full of natural attractions and touristic sites of interest. Here travelers find countless lodges built amidst the natural environment. Here you can observe the tremendous biodiversity of the area and its famous waterfalls, as well as participate in sports such as rafting on the white-water rivers throughout the area.

In addition, when visiting the province you can see other attractions such as the Botanical Garden, the San Vicente del Nila Commune, and the Bomboli sanctuary, which is located on the hill of the same name and overlooks the city of Santo Domingo.

credit same guy  naujorecul

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *