of photographs and wood carvings "Piornedo de Donis, The Living Past".
The exhibition was composed of old photographs retrived from documents
in the museum. There are comments by Isolina and wood carvings by López
Antón (framework and artistic carvings). It has been exhibited
on several occasions: in the administrative building of the Xunta de Galicia
inLugo, in Fonsagrada County Museum, at the premises of the Association
O Texeiro in Piornedo and the CEIP in San Román de Cervantes
"Piornedo of Donís, The Living Past".
Based on previous exhibitons and wherever the exhibiton was held, the
public showed great interest, in the book, so much so that the Provincial
Council has published the book, which also includes collaborations by
Xavier Alvarez (design and layout) and Fuco (drawings).
were “get-togethers” held in the pallozas, especially during
the winter as this was the time when there was more time to spare. They
told stories, read out aloud, played cards or even danced to the sound
of the pandeiro (large tambourine). In the museum we still hold polavilas
in which we invite a group of traditional musicians to spend an evening
with us as in days gone by. We always count on the presence of Polavila,
a trio from Piornedo who play the pandeiro and who are striving to revive
this musical instrument which until only recently was almost forgotten..
So far numerous groups have taken part in our polavilas - groups and musicians
as emblematic as A Quenlla, Carlos Nunez, Os Frebudos de Lugo, Sito Carracedo,
Juanjo Fernández ... and we must say this always creates a special
atmosphere of participation and agreeable moments sitting around the fire…
main goal is to preserve and divulge the wisdom and the traditional lifestyle
of the mountain-peoples and we are fortunate to have in our family such
wise old persons as Albino, Maria Ines ...), who are totally self-sufficient
and are able to perform all the traditional jobs. So we do not miss an
opportunity to organize seminars in which we learn how to make baskets,
pandeiras, clogs, quilts on the loom, spinning, carding ... for there
is no better way to learn than by doing the work yourself and in orderto
keep the various tools and implements in good order, it is best to use
them from time to time.
Students interested in learning the techniques of the mountain area have
also participated in these sessions
We have 15 books filled with signatures, surveys, comments, etc and in
these ledgers visitors to the museum have left their impressions, suggestions,