A genderbending and pyro new year celebration in Ecuador

new years

I made this video from New Year’s Eve in Pujilí, Ecuador 🙂 Enjoy!


About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip (queerscribe.com) and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at heymiyuki.wordpress.com and email her at heymiyuki@gmail.com


  1. thebiggerslife

    We spent the New Year on our rooftop enjoying the fireworks in our small town in Taiwan. Then the next day we left by bus to go to Taipei for 4 days! It was our first visit and it blew our mind! Taipei rocks!

    • Fireworks in Taiwan 🙂 That’s awesomeee! What blew your mind about Taipei? It is awesome–I lived there for a year from 2009-2010 and I miss it dearly!

      • thebiggerslife

        So many things to do..we jam packed as much as we could in 4 days and there was still a million things left to see. We did the zoo an the gondola up to Maokong, that was my favorite part. We hiked from Maokong to the temple that is in between, and saw a family of monkeys on the way! Next time we go, I would love to go to Yangmingshan National Park and also Elephant Mountain. Any Recommendations? Where were your favorite places in Taipei?

  2. Your observations about this old year/gender bending tradition are very interesting! I also hope that the tradition allows men to express themselves differently if they want to, rather than just being a sort of New Year/Halloween mashup.

    • Yeah, there’s definitely diversity in the way they presented themselves, especially in the countryside. The city viudas were pretty garish though with bright wigs and fake breasts >.<

      Thanks for commenting Andrew!

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