Glimpse at Daily Life in Garatachea
(As told to Jenny Johnson, Journey North)
Receiving Basic Necessities: Water and Heat
A long time ago our water used to come in a big, plastic container already clean for drinking. Within the last year, it has become more difficult to receive new containers. Therefore our canoa (trough for water) collects the water from the mountains around us and we use this water for everything. We don't need to cut any trees for firewood, but collect only what has already fallen or from dead trees. We then make piles or what we call guacal. Gustavo and his cousin can stack faster than I can, but sometimes I laugh because the guacal will fall over as soon as they are done.