Juan García

‘Worker of the process' and pioneer of Afro-descendant Studies in Ecuador

Authored by: Rocío Vera Santos

Routledge Handbook of Afro-Latin American Studies

Print publication date:  November  2022
Online publication date:  November  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367691431
eBook ISBN: 9781003159247
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The Afro-Ecuadorian Master Juan García is considered an important reference in the Latin American Afro-descendant community. Since the end of the 1960s, Juan García undertook the task of recording and documenting the oral tradition of the Afro-descendant people in Ecuador. Known as the ‘worker of the process,’ he has left an epistemological legacy which allows for the deconstruction of what has been learned and the relearning of ancestral Afro-Ecuadorian knowledge and wisdom transmitted orally from generation to generation. This legacy is studied from a methodological approach divided into two distinct areas: ‘inside house’ and ‘outside house.’ The ‘inside house’ is associated with local spaces where the Afro-descendant community learns from the collective knowledge to strengthen its culture and promote the ‘right to be’ from an ethno-political identity positioning.

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