Our adventures in the village from the last 2 months:
Photo below on right - Our lovely comadre (co-mother) and Catherine chapiando (hand mixing) masato. Gisela is a sweetheart & such a patient teacher! Now that we are officially part of her family & with the progress Catherine is making in Kichwa, we were able to get to know her a lot more during this last visit.
Photo below on right - This is what a classic visit looks like in the village: the ladies all sit together on one side, while the men sit on the other side. And every woman brings her bucket of masato!
Photo below on the left - Masato making in the village is truly an art. The females in each household make masato about twice a week. Girls begin to help in the process when they are 8 years old, and generally are master masato makers by the time they turn 12 or 13.