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The Last Ice Merchant

Length: 14 min.
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For over 50 years, Baltazar Ushca has harvested the glacial ice that covers the highest altitudes of Mount Chimborazo, the tallest mountain in Ecuador.

This story reveals the perspectives of three brothers who were all raised as ice merchants and how they’ve become affected in different ways by cultural changes in a small indigenous community. Baltazar’s brothers have retired from the mountain and today, Baltazar continues to climb, working alone as the last ice merchant of Chimborazo.

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