Otavalo people

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Otavalo girl in traditional clothing
Regions with significant populations
Kichwa, Spanish
Related ethnic groups
Other Andean peoples of Ecuador

The Otavalos are an indigenous people native to Imbabura Province in northern Ecuador. The Otavalos also inhabit the city of Otavalo in the above mentioned province. Commerce and "handcrafts" are among the principal economic activities of the Otavalos, who enjoy superior standard of living than most indigenous groups in Ecuador and many mestizos of their area.[1]

Two Otavalo girls in Cayambe, Ecuador


  1. ^ Las Costumbres de los Ecuatorianos. 2007. Osvaldo Hurtado. p. 260-270

Further Reading[edit]

  • Collier, John, Jr., and Buitrón, Aníbal. The Awakening Valley. University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1949
  • Meisch, Lynn. Otavalo: Weaving, Costume and the Market. Ediciones Libri Mundi, Quito, 1987.