“The Otavalo ‘Otavalango’ Museum of the Kichwa People was born on the 10th of January in 2011, thanks to the enthusiasm and enterprising initiative of the very children of this place, Kichwa men and women from the countryside and the city, decedents of the old factory workers and different communities. We began to shape a dream that seemed impossible as it was to recover from negligence and oblivion this historic patrimony that for so long had been forgotten.

And this was how, for the first time in history, a group of Otavalo Kichwa people, we became owners of this icon that is Patrimony of Ecuador. Due to this we are now guardians of this architectural, historic, and cultural patrimony called the Museo Otavalango.”

Luzmila Zambrano is the director of the Museo del Pueblo Kichwa de Otavalo “Otavalango” in Otavalo, Ecuador where she works to promote the traditional customs and clothing of the indigenous men and women who’s ancestors where exploited for over 200 years in the very factory that is now their cultural center and museum. During Tinkuy 2017 Luzmila will present during a panel concerning museums on Nov 10th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm in the Ollantaytambo conference room. Learn more about the incredible work of the Living Museum of Otavalango at their website: https://otavalango.org/