song intro "Aboio de Pastora" and "Paseado" (ext.) Recorded by José Alberto Sardinha, Rio de Onor.

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MONTESINHO:

TO LIVE AND TO DIE SLOWLY...

villages of Montesinho: to live and to die slowly...

 

«This is not what people say it is...»

ANA MERCÊS, Aveleda, Bragança.

«This is not what people say it is…» (said Ana).

Since I want to “fool me” so much, I will take some photos…

«So the machine is no good?» — she asks.

They can leave the land, but nobody can take their pride away or the people´s wisdom. That´s how it is in Montesinho…

ANA MERCÊS is 88 years old and she´s from Aveleda, Bragança.

 

 

 

 

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SAINTS AND MEMORIES OF

ALZIRA MATILDE GASPAR

Moimenta da Raia, Vinhais: saints and memories of Alzira Matilde Gaspar

 

The Montesinho Natural Park stretches all along the territory border Northeast of Portugal, begins at Quintanilha (south) Réfega, Deilão, Guadramil, Rio de Onor, Varge, Aveleda, Meixedo (cited peripheral circle of Bragança), França, Montesinho (the village), Mofreita, Moimenta, Pinheiro Novo (in the far north-west, connecting to the Barroso mountains).

 

In Moimenta da Raia, an isolated village at the gates of Galicia, Spain, lives Alzira Matilde Gaspar. She prays everyday to St. Luzia and to Our Lady of Fátima. She was left alone when she was 76 years old, after her husband passed away. Sick, Alzira Gaspar emigrated with their family in December 2008.

 

 

 

 

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