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November 28, 2013

Finding a common ground

Yarina owner shares his culture, crafts


The band he belongs to in this country plays and records, and in coming weeks will be taking a jaunt to Midwest cities including Chicago to play music of his native land.

In Ecuador, the family band is called Yarina and is known widely for playing the music of indigenous people. Many of his siblings perform in this group.

“I consider myself a musician first, but it’s hard to make a living in the field,” said Cachimuel, who is married and has a 16-year-old son. “This works for us, to have a store that sells our own crafts and to be able to play music.”

Unlike some immigrants who came looking for “streets paved with gold,” his main mission appears to be developing a format where he can exhibit the crafts and culture of his people.

He said he chose Newburyport because he felt that residents in this community would appreciate not only the store, but the artistic efforts of indigenous people.

Also, the city hosts a growing number of tourists looking for quality goods.

“I feel thankful that I came to America so I can share our culture and enrich the views of others,” he said. “We are a welcoming people, and want people to know about our culture and our work.

“We’ve always been merchants, so the store is a natural outlet. But it gives us a chance to talk about our land and its products, and I appreciate the opportunity I have to establish a common ground.”

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