Contemporary and Traditional Native American Hand Made
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Huichol Artist, Luciano Valdez

Saturday May 6, 2017 - Sunday May 7, 2017

Mark you calendar and join us in welcoming our Huichol brother, Luciano Valdez to Gathering Tribes on Saturday, May 6th and Sunday, May 7th. Luciano has been showing his work, and the work of other village members, at Gathering Tribes for over 17 years. Each year we reserve the first weekends of May and December for him.

Huichol art is colorful, meaningful and beautiful. It is made by putting a thin layer of tree resin and beeswax over wood and then pressing seed beads or yarn in to the mixture. The 2-dimensional "paintings" depict glimpses into the world of this traditional indigenous tribe. One might see symbols of animals, curanderos (healers), rain and more esoteric symbols of energy and glimpses into the spiritual dimensions. The Huichol artisans also make 3-dimensional hand-carved wooden animals that they press the mixture on to and press in seed beads or yarn to make the intricate designs. Each carefully crafted work of art is a window into a culture that has existed for thousands of years.

The village in which Luciano lives is very remote, with no roads, electricity or running water. To make the journey to Gathering Tribes, he walks 4 to 5 days out of the steep and arid Sierra Madres in Jalisco, Mexico to the road. Then, he is on a bus for almost a week to arrive in the Bay Area.

In order to support this traditional community, Luciano receives 100% of the proceeds during this show. It is the least we can do to show our gratitude for the ongoing prayers for the world that his community makes. Please join us in welcoming back our Huichol brother!

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