A welcome crowd was in tow at the Bathurst Library last Friday, November 30 for the launch of local shaman Eduardo Paez’s debut book Abuelito.
Around 60 people attended the launch of Abuelito, which explores Mr Paez’s relationship with his grandfather while growing up in his native Ecuador, and how he bestowed upon him the magic of the cosmovision.
As a resident of Bathurst for around 35 years, Mr Paez has been a prominent figure among the city’s vibrant multicultural population, and his peaceful and individualistic personality has encouraged many to adopt an open-minded approach to their endeavours.
Julia Garfoot, Mr Paez’s daughter, said that her father’s messages have always focused on being grateful for what you have and knowing what’s important in your life.
“He’s stayed true to his roots, and I think that’s helped me be proud of my heritage and who I am as a person,” Ms Garfoot said.
“Having that cultural duality was extremely important to me as a teenager, and has helped shaped me into the person I am today.”
Mr Paez is a man of many talents, and has made a name for himself in the Bathurst community as a Spanish teacher, a radio presenter, a capoeira instructor and a stallholder selling Latin American crafts.
“As his daughter, I am very proud of him,” Ms Garfoot said.
“There was a beautiful energy at the launch, and everyone listened to my father with an open mind.”