ARCHITECTURE, CITIZENSHIP & LEARNING
Noche de San Juan, Chiloé
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PUTIQUE, QUINCHAO ISLAND, CHILOÉ
23 May 2017
Noche de San Juan: Celebration at the Fogón de Putique
The celebration of the Noche de San Juan coincides with the winter solstice, as well as the celebration of the We tipantru, the Mapuche and Huilliche (indigenous people present in Chiloe) new years.
We visited a fogón in Putique on the Quinchao Island, part of the Chiloe archipelago, to participate in a celebration organized by the local community. We shared in local songs, food, and drinks, reflecting on a rich history and a unique cultural identity.
Entering the fire: We begin the evening with a powerful fire to heat and animate the Fogón space.
Together with the food, a group of local musicians play the guitar and accordion, getting everyone to start singing.
Food is served: Smoked pork, Bahemes (made with potato starch), and Roscas.
The start of the cooking of the Chopon, a large ball of dough based on potato starch.
The start of the cooking of the Chopon, a ball of dough based on potato starch.
Peeling the layers off the Chopon to serve, they say that the first is the ‘poor person's layer’ because a small amount coal from the fire remains attached.
Singing the lyrics that this valuable book contains.
Young and old play Chilota music together.
Singing old Chilota and mexican songs. They also sing in the Hulliche language. A lively night where the memory became alive with the strength of the rite of celebration in community.