Depopulation in the Pasiego Valleys. Cantabria (Spain)
The routine movement is governed by the regrowing pastures, which follows the periodic rhythm of seasonal change in nature. It is a vital human cycle inexorably linked to the rhythm of nature.
The family is the basic production unit, so they are usually large to increase the workforce with each child. Even so, the census for pasiego areas has not stopped decreasing since the last century, basically because young people and adults emigrate to find work in construction or restaurants, which leads to a large elderly population.
In the photo a pasiego grazes cows and follows the traditional method of manual milking of warm milk collected in a bucket. The persistence of the stately stable installations conditions a livestock activity which is barely profitable and not very competitive, and can be defined as family subsistence economy.
Elena Flores, Bioanthropologist, Drª in Biology, collaborator of AEEH