Images of Inti Raymi 20 years ago                         
The celebrations of San Juan, or Inti Raymi, as the Ancients called it, are the most important of the Andean Indigenous Culture.  This slide show is a collection of digital shots I took ten years ago in the paramo village of Ayupalla, about 15 kilometers from Otavalo.
Another slide show of photos taken years ago of an Indigenous gathering of 28 communities to celebrate  Inti Raymi, organized by Urcinqui, a federation of those 28 communities. These gatherings have taken place for many, many centuries.
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The celebrations of San Juan, or Inti Raymi, as the Ancients called it, are the most important of the Andean Indigenous Culture.  This slide show is a collection of digital shots I took two years ago in the paramo village of Ayupalla, about 15 kilometers from Otavalo.
This video goes way, way back, 20 years way back, for a campesino  San Juan/ Baptism fiesta that we attended as Padrinos.  A stand and shoot home movie, we all had a lot of fun and I captured some great  moments.   Some quite graphic drunkenness resulted for all!
An Inti Raymi video shot at the Capilla  of San Juan some time ago!   The crowds have grown over the last few years!  The high energy of the San Juaneros is exhilarating!  Hundreds of groups gather and dance until they reach a  state of euphoria…...
An anciano plays the harp and chants  during the Inti Raymi gathering at the San Juan church and ceremonial site.  In ancient times, each community sent representatives to the fiestas to dance and to pay homage.  The tradition continues today.
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28 rural Indigenous communities gather each year to celebrate the Summer Solstice.  San Juan or Inti Raymi  has been celebrated for millennium by the Andean people.  Music, dancing and local food dominate the lives of the campesino  for three weeks!
Celebration of the Summer Solstice is Otavalo’s most spectacular fiesta and a tradition throughout the Andean mountain region!  Villagers from miles away gather for three days and nights to dance and drink at the capilla of San Juan, an ancient site!


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Even the kids get involved with the celebrations as seen in this short clip taken a few kilometers from Otavalo.  The Indigenous community is consciously reinforcing  the positive aspects of the celebrations and it is obvious that all are enjoying themselves.      
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