Contemporary and Traditional Native American Hand Made
Open Daily (510) 528-9038
1412 Solano Avenue Albany CA 94706

Saturday December 5, 2015 - Sunday December 6, 2015

Huichol Artist: Luciano Valdez

11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Saturday, December 5, 2015

11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Huichol people live in the Sierra Madres in the states of Jalisco and Nyarit, Mexico.  They create vibrantly beautiful paintings, offering bowls and wooden carved animals using seed beads or yarn pressed into a mixture of tree resin and beeswax.

Their art is full of the symbols of their rich culture with each piece symbolizing protection, healing and/or gratitude to the intelligent forces of nature that the Huichol call grandmothers or grandfathers.

Luciano lives in the remote mountains of Jalisco in one of the most remote Huichol communities.  The people in his community live the way they always did prior to colonization without electricity, running water or roads into their community.  They choose to live the deeply spiritual and traditional life the same way countless generations of their ancestors have lived before them.

It takes Luciano four to five days to walk out of the mountains to reach the road from his community.  He is then on a bus for six days and five nights to come to Gathering
Tribes.  He has been making this journey to Gathering Tribes for almost 20 years to bring the art from his community to sell.

The people in Lucianos community are also talented beadwork artists who create simple bracelets to elaborate 3-dimensional flower necklaces and earrings.

Luciano and his community receive 100% of the proceeds of the sales of the art and jewelry he brings this weekend.  Because of this, Luciano is able to sell at close to wholesale prices on this weekend. 



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