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Cañari

Cañari (400 – 1532 d.C)

This ethnic group inhabited the fertile Andean valleys of southern Ecuador, extending on both sides of the Cordillera. The Cañari people included several independent lordships that showed a cultural and linguistic unity but not a political cohesion.

The rich apparels found in the tombs of the leading class include varied ceremonial and decorative objects of gold, silver and copper.

Cañari pottery embraces two markedly different styles: Cashaloma and Tacalshapa.

The Cashaloma pottery is largely present in the Valley of Cañar and in the sourthermost section of the Province of Chimborazo. It is decorated with zonal positive painting of red and brown colors, white lines, and grooves.

The Tacalshapa pottery is diffused throughout the Cañari traditional territory. Typical pieces are bottles and anthropomorphous large jars. Negative painting with or without superposed lines is frequent decoration together with grooves of geometrical outline.