“Gary, Once a year the sleepy town of China Grove, population of 3500, becomes a population of 30,000 with the ‘Farmers Day Festival’. We have the same bad food you mentioned in a recent message, funnel cakes, hamburger, hot dogs. Plus fun, dunking booths and games and plus all types of vendors. The day ends with music, dancing and fireworks at the climax.
“Yet right in the middle of this rural North Carolina setting is a booth of Ecuadorians selling their goods form Otavalo. This is just like the Otavalo market.
I spoke with these vendors. They have been living in Charlotte for over a year and were surprised that I knew Otavalo, Cotacachi and Ecuador. Here they are, ‘Otavalo in China Grove’. Ecuador meets North Carolina.”
This international industriousness of the indigenous population of Imbabura Province is one reason we love this area. The people are hard working, thrifty, and cosmopolitan. They are one of the leading indigenous populations in terms of progress and material wealth though they retain their own language (Quichua) and many of their historical customs as well as their native dress.
Their culture retains many wonderful wisdoms.
This creates a wonderful atmosphere place. The mayor of Cotacachi, Economist Auki Tituana Males, is the first indigenous Mayor of Cotacachi since the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors 500 years ago. He is a trained economist and one of the initial things he did was institute a program so all the people of the region could be heard.
The area boasts a focus on being multi-ethnic and hosts a population that is 35% mestizo, 5% black (5%), and 60% indigenous.
The Canton’s motto is that of the indigenous community. For a worthy, productive and solid Cotacachi, the main duty and responsibility is “AMA QUILLA, AMA LLULLA, AMA SHUA”.
“DON’T BE LAZY, DON’T LIE, AND DON’T STEAL”
How refreshing! Don’t we wish our nation lived by this code? This simple but profoundly powerful plan has worked… in November 2000, the United Nations granted Cotacachi the International Prize for “Best Practices”….In November 2001, the Interamerican Forum for the Rights of the Childhood and Youth, granted Cotacachi the national Prize “The Dreamer Goblin”, for work with the Cotacachean youth….In March 2002 UNESCO granted Cotacachi, the International Prize for “Cities for Peace”, for its democratic work and its intercultural dialogue in search of peace.
We hope to see you sometime in Cotacachi and North Carolina!
We look at how to earn and invest outside the US dollar at our next two International Investing and Business Made EZ courses.
Come visit us at our Blue Ridge farm during the North Carolina course. Enjoy the beauty. Here is a shot of the rhododendrons in bloom that one of our recent guests photographed.
Or come to an Ecuador course.
One reason we love Ecuador is the wonderful warm friendly helpful people. Come and meet our man in Ecuador, Steve . Here is a shot of two of our helpers, Consuelo and Eduardo, at El Meson de las Flores. We continually look at Cotacachi opportunities in our Ecuador Living updates. See how to get these updates at https://www.garyascott.com/catalog/ecrep/
We hope to serve you at one of our upcoming courses or correspondence courses.
International Business & Investing Made EZ in North Carolina.
Super Thinking + Spanish with Free Oct 1 – Mon. Andes Extension & Real Estate Tour.
Self Fulfilled – How to write and Publish for Income, Freedom and Fun.