Last post of our Mochica Diaries blog series is up. Jessica reflects on her month spent with the Mochica Chimu fishermen in Huanchaco, discussing the issues of identity and sustainable tourism, as well as recounting her experience of riding in a caballito de totora. Link in bio.
Our #mondaymotivation? Preserving ancient practices of Indigenous peoples in Peru.
The caballitos de totora are not only important for the Huanchaco fishermen's livelihood, but are also an important part of their culture and identity. They can also be used to ride the waves like a surfboard. Photo credit: Carlos Antonio Ferrer
Totora (reed) is an important plant for different Indigenous peoples in Peru. The Mochica Chimu people in Huanchaco use totora to make fishing boats, while the Uru people live upon islands on Lake Titicaca made from totora. #indigenousfact
Protecting Indigenous culture, and the wealth of knowledge that comes with it, is in the interests of us all #mondaymotivation
Caballito de totora racing, marinera dancing and a procession - just some of the ways the Huanchaco fishermen celebrated San Pedro. Read all about it in the third post of our Mochica Diaries blog series - link in bio.
Gustavo Huamanchumo, at 21 years of age, is Huanchaco's youngest artisan fishermen. Coming from a long line of fishermen in his family, he says fishing has always been in his blood. Photo Credit: Carlos Antonio Ferrer
Check out the first two blog posts in our Mochica Diaries series! Our intern Jessica is in Huanchaco and sharing her experiences working with the Mochica Chimu fishermen community. Link in bio
Carlos Ucañan is an Indigenous fisherman from Huanchaco, carrying on the ancient practice of fishing with reed boats. Here Carlos harvests totora from Huanchaco's wetlands to make a reed boat