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“Fillo” and the Costa Rican oxcart

“Fillo” and the Costa Rican oxcart January 6, 2010
"Fillo" and the Costa Rican oxcart

Photo courtesy of Christopher Vaughan.
ACM Costa Rica, Fall 2009

This photo shows “Fillo” with his oxen, cart, and some ACM Costa Rica students aboard while on a water trip to Concepción de San Rafael de Heredia.  The Costa Rican oxcart was recently declared an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  The oxcart continues to be used in rural areas of Costa Rica as a source of transportation in the agricultural sector, and it has also become a showpiece of rural culture and tradition.  The ACM students had the opportunity to meet “Fillo” and to appreciate his role as a small-scale farmer who conserves and transmits this tradition.

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