A hard relief, a very hard relief, isolation,
the intensive farming of the pastures, modification
of the landscape, cabins, cows, seasonal migration;
these are the keys of the Pasiego’s life.
It is easy to realise when we are in the land of the
Pasiego people. The cabins, all of them designed by
the same architect, and the particular separation of
the fields by means of stone walls are the most relevant
signs of the surroundings: San Roque de Río Miera,
Vega de Pas, San Pedro del Romeral, some districts of
Selaya, Soba and Ruesga in the province of Cantabria;
and the district of Salcedillo in Espinosa de Los Monteros
in the province of Burgos.
Isolation has shaped the physiognomy of the Pasiego
people too, blue eyes, white complexion, short height,
pointed face, thin.
Their whole life centres on the cows and the grass.
looking after the fields, gathering the grass for winter,
feeding the cows, the seasonal migration in search of
pastures for the cows.
The hard relief is the source of traditional ways of
working and living, unthinkable in the modern societies
This work is still in the process of completion throughout
2008 and 2009. It will be published in 2010.