Creating a personal link to the past… with music

There are some things we do in life not for fame or money, but rather to give our lives meaning. In the case of the Cortés family, that meaning plays a tune. The family is from a small town of Santa Cruz de Arriba, part of the Texcoco municipality on the northeast edge of the … Continue reading Creating a personal link to the past… with music

Huichol art at a major hotel in Polanco, Mexico City

The Presidente Intercontinental Hotel and Yawí Gallery are hosting its second Biennal of Huichol Art, with the inauguration of the exhibition and event starting on November 12th. According to the events press release, the objective is to recognize Wixárika (Huichol) artists, who have great difficulty in getting their work to the proper markets from their … Continue reading Huichol art at a major hotel in Polanco, Mexico City

What Happens When It’s Gone?

By Marianne Carlson. Communities rally together all over the world for many reasons. A natural disaster is probably the first thing that would come to mind. However, friends and neighbors also band together for what seems, at the time, a much smaller goal. For example, the Lake Chapala community has opened its arms and embraced … Continue reading What Happens When It’s Gone?

Friends pitch in to help Oaxacan artisans

As the pandemic drags on, artisans continue to suffer, making do with less, finding other ways to make some money. But there have also been efforts to find other ways to sell products. Some of the more sophisticated have been spearheaded by organizations such as the Friends of Oaxacan Folk Art (FOFA) in New York. … Continue reading Friends pitch in to help Oaxacan artisans

Giving papier mache artisans their own proper store

Visiting Tekitl... and a cheap plug for my book In a teeny-tiny space on Donceles Street, near the Senate Palace in the historic center of Mexico City, is a store called Tekitl. The name comes from Nahuatl meaning “work” often the kind done for the community, and sometimes its means "craft." Tekitl is dedicated to … Continue reading Giving papier mache artisans their own proper store