, about 40 km [25 miles
] west of Pujili
, lies the valley of Tigua, known as the center of production of detailed and charming Indian paintings
on sheep's hide or canvass of the sort that are sold on the streets of Quito
. This naive Andean art depicts village life, rural scenes, volcanoes, lamas, festivals, and the myths and dreams of the local indigenas
. A young Indian girl hardly more than twelve years old tried to sell me such paintings, claiming she had done them herself. Skeptically, I asked her to sketch one of the scenes in my notebook. She did so perfectly. I bought the painting. In the village of Tigua, stop by at the artists' cooperative above the church.
||Article contributed by Dominic Hamilton|||