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PATRIMONIO MUNDIAL PYRÉNÉES-MONT PERDU

Paisaje: naturaleza y cultura

Forestry

Wood from the local woodland and forests was a key resource for people in the area.


They would usually prune the various types of oaks that grew to increase the production of acorns, which they used to feed their pigs, and to produce wood for burning in the hearth.



They also cut wood for making furniture, tools and other everyday utensils.
However, the best forests were also worked in order to produce long, strong wooden members, which were tied together to form nabatas (rafts) and transported down the Cinca River to the far-off lands of the Ebro Valley or even Tortosa.



In the area of the Pyrenees-Monte Perdido World Heritage Site and its immediate surroundings, the rivers and gullies were too narrow for this kind of transportation and so logs were hauled by oxen and mules to the banks of a stream, where they were thrown into the water. From there they were guided by long poles to the Cinca River in a process known as barranquiar.



This rich culture of river navigation disappeared completely but was revived in 1983 in the form of a festival to mark the twinning of districts.
Since then, nabatas travel the stretch between Escalona-Laspuña and Aínsa every third Sunday in May. Thousands of people come to the banks and bridges of the Cinca to enjoy this celebration that reminds us of our origins and that speaks to us of a different way of relating to the environment, and of the culture of men and women who created a universe of representations, words, techniques, rituals and relationships associated with forestry and the transporting of wood.



The traditional activity has become a festival, something that draws society together, a time of regenerative and inspiring celebration, joy and appreciation of the things we share.