With the narration of “Kon Tiki”, the story of the journey on a wooden raft, the MAAC began a program that disseminates the history of the country through legends, characters and traditions. “Kon Tiki” is the story of the crossing of a wooden raft that sailed in 1947, from South America to Polynesia, in the waters of the Pacific Ocean.
The narration, by Fernando Insúa, plastic artist and cultural manager, was developed in the Anthropological and Contemporary Art Museum (MAAC), in Guayaquil. This was the first dialogue with which the MAAC initiated a program of talks that fuse knowledge of tourism and culture.
Traveling, studying and knowing the culture of the country is the proposal that the institution seeks to transmit with the dialogues. The themes are addressed on a monthly basis and arouse the interest of university students and historians.
The “Kon Tiki” is inspired by an Inca exploration and that is why the artist proposed to talk about pre-Hispanic navigation. At this point, he said, he discovered the link in which the participants could ask questions such as: Is sailing typical of the Incas? Or was navigation in fact one of the cultures of the coasts of Ecuador?
At the end of the talk a debate of ideas was generated that allowed to draw conclusions and create a synergy “to find historical truths”. Insúa considers that the tourist topic becomes a complement because, when speaking of diverse cultures and populations, the attendees will have inputs to travel, travel and check the concepts addressed during the discussion.
“In these talks the curiosity is also generated to find an answer to the questions and the great myths of history that exist in Ecuador. These concerns can be cleared if you travel, if you search, if you explore.”
Claudia Baldeón, a university student, said that with the proposal of the MAAC not only knowledge is acquired in these subjects but also, it is shared with people who have preparation and handle different research sources. “The added value is the debate that will motivate us to learn more about the culture in different areas of the country,” she said.
“Kon Tiki”, oceanic navigation in pre-Hispanic towns, has been a proposal that has also been presented in spaces such as the Centro Ecuatoriano Aleman and the Alliance Française de Guayaquil. The Ministry of Tourism emphasizes this type of initiatives since it allows to know, through legends, characters and traditions, the history of different cities and to revalue the cultural spaces of Ecuador. (I)