Day 13: Work with APAK
Today marked our first day of shooting with APAK. We broke into our groups and were assigned team leaders and jobs. There are three groups that are focusing on the environmental elements, the social and economic, and the traditional elements of penco. There will is also a fourth group of students assigned to document the entire shooting process. I was assigned to the group focusing on the traditional elements of penco where I will be the sound technician.
My group ventured off the the village of Cayambe to interview locals. Our first interview focused on a man who crafts drums from the heart of the penco. Then, we met with a local woman who explained the anatomy of the penco and its multiple uses. Due to a productive morning, we were able to end an hour early. This allowed us to chat, laugh, and share a drink with the locals in Cayambe.