Contemporary and Traditional Native American Hand Made
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Saturday December 3, 2016 - Sunday December 4, 2016


Huichol Art & Jewelry Show with Luciano Valdez

Saturday, December 3rd - 11am to 6pm

Sunday, December 4th - 11am to 5pm

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.

Luciano has been showing his work, and the work of other village members, at Gathering Tribes for over 16 years.  Each year we reserve the first weekends of May and December for him.

The village in which he 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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