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Ecuador culture, HuaoranisThe culture of Ecuador is as diverse as the landscape of the country itself.  Ecuador is a multiethnic and multicultural nation. It has a population of more than 13.6 million (mestizo [mixed Amerindian and white] 65%, Amerindian 25%, Spanish 7%, black 3%). Those who live in the highlands, the Pacific coast,  the Amazon region and the Galapagos Islands. More than 14 indigenous groups live on the Ecuadorian mainland, maintaining their own traditions and ways of life. The the principal indigenous groups of the Amazon region are: Huaoranis, Achuar, Shuar, Cofan, Siona-Secoya, Shiwiar and Zaparo.

Los Tagaeri, related to the Huaorani, are another group from this area. The Tageri were declared “intangible” by the State, in order to respect their wish to live far from civilization. The principle indigenous groups of the highlands are the Quichua, Cañaris, and Saraguros.

In northern Ecuador, live the Awa community. On the Pacific coast, live the Chachis, Cayapas, Tsachilas, and Huancavilcas. The nations cities and villages are primarily populated by people of mixed race, white, and Afro-Ecuadorians, although large numbers of indigenous migrants have moved from the country to the city. This   has  caused   some    problems   such   as   growth   of   slums, lack of housing and schools, unemployment, crime, among other issues.

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