I was just listening to the music of The Children's Orchestra of Ayora and I was mesmerized to the point of tears. It brings me great joy to know that there are people truly interested in introducing art and music of this nature to our kids. I especially appreciate Ecuadorian folklore. I have tried to no avail to connect somehow to our ancestral past. I have met and spoken to other Ecuadorians and tried to discuss our Amerindian background and I have found out that many, and by many I mean all that I have met, are reluctant to accept our Indian ancestors.
The other day I met an Ecuadorian lady that adamantly told me that I might consider myself "Indian" but she by no means was "Indian". I certainly don't take offense to our ancestral past. It's not something to be ashamed of, or try to hide (though some can't), and ironically those are the ones that deny it the most. I am very proud of my mixed heritage, my Spanish heritage, as well as my "Indian" heritage.
Any way, I was especially emotional because although I was born in Ecuador, it has been over 24 years, out of 28 (age), that I haven't returned to the land that saw my birth. ĘThough far away, there is a special place in my heart for my small, but loved country of Ecuador. Please send me more information as to how I can obtain a copy of this cd.
Luis A. Jara "Indian and proud"
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