The population of the Olo River valley is rich in customs and traditions. Get to know the ethnography of the region better to enjoy the most real experience possible!
Agricultural activities were a source of income for rural communities. Honey and wine production also have a major impact on the region. Farmers had, in many cases, an additional occupation in the Meia Via mountain mines.
Conserve to sustain
Animal husbandry was also a source of livelihood for the population. After the domestic slaughter of the pig, the meat was preserved in salt. There were no refrigerators back then.
The typical dishes of the region were created to support country and forest workers so they are
very energetic and nutritious. Two of them stand out: the stock (made with the backbone of the pig, potatoes, and beans) and the porridge (made with vegetables – cabbage or turnip greens – and cornflour).
To work in joy: the husking of the maize
With the corn’s maturation, the husking of the maize was done, separating the cobs of the leaves (used in the filling of mattresses). Huskings were animated by concertina or accordion players. When any of the defoliants found a red corncob, he/she was entitled to hug another defoliant of his/her choice.
Caring for the territory
After the afforestation of Marão and Meia Via’s mountains, in 1916, Guards’ houses were built.
There, the forest guards were able to look after the forest and lived with their families.
Many of the Olo River villages maintain their traditional architecture, with houses built in granite and schist and covered in thatch or slate.
Life is a party
All the Olo River villages have their religious feasts dedicated to the patron saint. In addition, thematic parties/fairs are organized to promote products from the region.