García Salazar, Juan
- Michael Handelsman
was born in 1944 in the city of Esmeraldas, Ecuador, to a Spanish father and Esmeraldan mother. His father was a physician who fled Franco’s dictatorship following the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939 Upon his father s death when García was 6 years old his mother Juana Salazar sent him to live with friends in Limones a community in northern Esmeraldas where he completed his elementary education and later attended a church run trade school to learn carpentry The most influential person in his life was his maternal grandfather Zenón Salazar whom he cared for during a two year illness preceding Abuelo Zenón s death García benefited greatly from his grandfather s rich memory of the history and collective knowledge of Ecuador s Afro descendants Inspired by this experience in the 1970s he began taping the stories of other elders throughout Esmeraldas This initiated an ongoing ethnographic project to ...
A version of this article originally appeared in The Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography.