From June 17th to 22nd the village of Taucho, in Adeje, celebrates the local fiestas in honour of the Virgen de Coromoto
The Adeje village of Taucho, in the upper reaches of the borough, will celebrate the VIII Taucho Ethnographic Days. The theme this year is ‘walks, paths and landscapes’ and events are organised by the local fiestas committee and the Adeje department of heritage under Councillor Juan Desiderio Afonos Ruiz. The celebrations are part of the festival in honour of the Virgen de Coromoto, patron of this mountain hamlet.
“The programme has been put together by a team made up of the local fiesta committee, the neighbours of Taucho, the Asociación Cultural Imoque and the El Cardón group, who, together with the council, have made this event a reality”, said Councillor Desiderio.
The progamme of events begins on Friday June 17th in the El Almácigo Recreation and Cultural Centre, at 8pm with an inaugural act and a dedication to the men and women who have changed the landscape locally. There will be a conference led by Victor Martín, professor of geography from the University of La Laguna, and the showing of a documentary, “Adeje walks, paths and landscapes…Homage a Don Román Álvarez Fraga, the man who changed the countryside”, with music from the Asociación Cultural Imoque.
On Saturday there will be an ethnographic route taking in the walks, paths and landscapes, with residents of the hamlet and music, and a photography exhibition mounted by the Adeje department of heritage. In parallel local hand-made products and crafts, wine, cheese, Vilaflor cakes and biscuits, bread and honey, will be on sale to the public. There will also be a as a sheep-shearing display and a cattle show, a traditional dance in the Tio Victor bar with music from the Los Alzados group, and lots more.
One of the most interesting events in the Adeje summer cultural calendar are the ‘Ethnographic’ days in Taucho, normally featuring a series of events that focus on a particular aspect of the village’s past, with recreations of customs and lifestyle habits from days gone by.
This year cereal is in the historic spotlight and will take centre stage in the mountain region from June 19th to 25th with events organised by the Taucho festival commission and the Adeje council, including documentary films, a presentation of books by Daniel Fernández Galván and Gabriel Rancel Gonazález and an exhibition of photographs.
On Saturday June 20th there will be an ethnographic trail, leaving from the Plaza de La Quinta, with many local families taking part and hosting those guests who will attend. This will finish with music, theatre and story-telling.
For many though it is the living exhibitions that the village organise so well that are the main attraction, with local residents, a huge number of whom are from families that have lived in Taucho for generations, taking part, in costume, recreating the way of life from the region’s past. This year that will take place from 10am on Sunday June 21st showing the local way of life at the start of the 20th century when cereal was harvested and processed by hand. The milling and preparation of gofio, the Canarian toasted grain, will also be part of the day.
The Adeje council’s department of Artistic Heritage will host the VI Ethnographic Taucho Days as part of the Patron Festivals of Tauco on Saturday June 28th. This year the theme will be Migratory Movements in Adeje (Los Movimientos Migratorios en el municipio de Adeje).
The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga commented, “the history and tradition of Adeje’s nucleus have been marked, since the beginning, by a particular way of being and working which is an integral part of our past and our traditions.”
Rodriguez Fraga congratulated the organisers of these special heritage days and the fiestas, adding that “it is an honour to accompany you along this path of recovering and protecting and valuing these signs of our identify and our people. These ethnographic events, alongside all the other celebrations that take place throughout the year in different parts of the borough, are a testament to our past and a way of transmitting that past to the recent arrivals and the new generations”.
On Thursday June 26th there will be an official act in the Centre Recreativo El Almácigo with a conference on Canarian emigration to the Americas, given (in Spanish) by Manuel Hernández González, professor of history from the University of La Laguna. The talk will be followed by a screening of “Memoria Gráfica y Testimonial de la Emigración Adejera. Movimientos Migratorios en le Municipio de Adeje”.
Juan Antonio Jorge Peraza will also host a discussion on the role of the islands as a patchwork of journeys and returns, of meetings and absences, paying homage to all those involved in migration and finishing the day with a performance by Idaira Trujillo Fumero.
The councillor with responsibility for heritage, Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruíz, said, “this is the sixth consecutive year that we are hosting these days, and previous years have been very successful indeed. We are more than convinced that the job of rescuing and preserving our history, our heritage, and in particular our roots, are themes of great interest to the people of Adeje, and its a line we will continue to pursue, as by remembering where we came from we can better chose where we are going to”.
On Saturday June 28th from 10.30am until 5pm there will be parallel events and stagings. One zone will concentrate on migratory movements and the other on the re-creation of day-to-day life in the beginning of the 20th Century, all undertaken by residents of Taucho in partnership with the Asociación Cultural Imoque, the Fiestas Commission 2014 and the Adeje council.
During the day there will be many interesting diversions such as the creation of murals, demonstrations of gofio making, wine and honey tastings, arts and crafts displays and traditional cake making. For card players there will be an ‘envite’ tournament, a tile making demonstration, etc. The day will end with a street party, with music from the Sensación Gomera orchestra.