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Art Mall brings you a large selection of Arts, Crafts, and
Collectibles from Mexico, South America, and Central America.
Our products are handcrafted and imported directly from the
people that created them. Learn more about the Countries
and People that produce our products in our Reference
NAVAJO SAND PAINTINGS
Shop our Sand Paintings
- These sand paintings are
done completely by hand. On the back of each piece is a card with the artists
name and written in the artists hand the name of the painting. The Navajo people
believe the universe to be delicately balanced. Only man can upset it causing
disaster or illness. When this happens a medicine man must restore the natural
balance. Balance is restored by healing the offender with chants herbs prayers
songs and sand paintings.
OAXACAN WOOD CARVINGS
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Wood Carvings - Each of our wood
carvings are hand carved and painted by artists in small villages in the state
of Oaxaca in Southern Mexico. They are creative and wonderfully painted figures
in bright fun colors. Each carving is an original piece of art.
HUICHOL BEAD ART
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- Huichol Bead Art The Huichol
Indians have used art figures and other decorative pieces as offerings to the
Gods for centuries. The Indians work their spiritual symbols and designs into
each piece. This hand carved wood jaguar head was first covered with a layer of
beeswax then using a long needle one small bead at a time is pressed into the
wax creating this vibrant work of art.
HUICHOL YARN ART
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from Mexico - Nestled in the
Sierra de Nayarit, just north of Guadalajara, Mexico, you will find
approximately 12,000 Huichol (Wee-Chol) Indians, a tribe believed to descend
from the Aztec Indians. This area
of Mexico is remote and rugged, and home to one of the last tribes to exist
under the Spanish rule. The Huichol
Indians still follow pagan beliefs, consider deer a sacred animal, grow corn,
which is thought to be the source of all life, and use a form of communication
called peyote. Because of this, the
core of the Huichol Indians consist of deer, corn, and peyote.
TAGUA CARVINGS FROM PANAMA
Shop our Tagua
Carvings - Imported directly
from the Native Indian Artists that created these little masterpieces. Choose
from Animals, Fish, Birds, and Reptiles - all native to the country of Panama
that the carvings come from. The
tagua nut has a strong resemblance to animal ivory, making it a wonderful
resource for creating all types of beautiful things. For many years, the tagua nut was used primarily for making buttons but
with new technology and more affordable materials such as plastics, a decline
began. Even so, the tagua nut still
has value in the making of other things to include chess set pieces, jewelry,
handles for canes, dice, figurines, etc.
LATIN TEXTILE ART
Shop our Wall Hangings from Peru and Mexico - You
will also find tapestries depicting things such as flowers, birds, butterflies,
and many other Andean cultural aspects. All
of the sheep wool is handspun, and then naturally dyed with native vegetable,
mineral, and animal dye.
from our Reference
Much like the Mayan civilization, the Inca Indians
were way before their time, considered an advanced civilization with multiple
accomplishments. Migrating from the
Andes in 1200 AD, the Incas began taking control over many of the other tribes
in the area. As a new tribe was
conquered, the Incas were able to learn more and more while forcing their own
belief and religion onto the people. For
the next 100 years, this tribe had grown so massive that the people covered
areas from the northern parts of Ecuador all the way to Chili, making them a
The Inca language is called Quechua and the empire Tawantinsuyu, translating to
“land of four quarter.” This
empire and all its land were divided, meeting at the capital called Cuzco, Peru.
Interestingly, if you were to travel to the central highlands of the Andes
today, you would still be able to enjoy and marvel at many of the empire ruins.
the year 1532, the Inca Indians had accumulated vast land that stretched from
the Pacific coast, heading across the Andes to the Atlantic coast, and then from
the central portion of Chili all the way to Ecuador. Because of their incredibly organized government that was based in the
capital city, the Incas were able to achieve and conquer. The capital city was the home to the emperor, regarded simply as “The
Inca”. This emperor ruled over
every aspect of the Inca civilization, being the leader to noblemen, who were
responsible for the success of this civilization with their unmatched skills.
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particular rainforest is a special reserve of 371,000 hectares found in Guyana. First established in 1989, very little was known about this area prior to
that time. However, with a
substantial amount of archaeological data, is has been proven that occupations
of Horticultural and Archaic existed. In
all, 29 sites have been recorded to date. Although
it appears the Paleo Indians did not occupy this area of Guyana, experts believe
evidence to the contrary will show up some day due to what appears a strong
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the Andes mountains of Peru lies an ancient Inca city that remained undiscovered
until centuries after it was apparently abandoned.
was a powerful citadel tenable against all odds, a stronghold where a mere
handful of defenders could prevent a great army from taking the place by
assault. Why should any one have desired to be so secure from capture as to have
built a fortress in such an inaccessible place?
builders were not in search of fields. There is so little arable land here that
every square yard of earth had to be terraced in order to provide food for the
inhabitants. They were not looking for comfort or convenience. Safety was their
primary consideration. They were sufficiently civilized to practice intensive
agriculture, sufficiently skillful to equal the best masonry the world has ever
seen, sufficiently ingenious to make delicate bronzes, and sufficiently advanced
in art to realize the beauty of simplicity. What could have induced such a
people to select this remote fastness of the Andes, with all its disadvantages,
as the site for their capital, unless they were fleeing from powerful enemies.
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region has different factors that affect its climate. The Costa is influenced
primarily by proximity to warm or cool ocean currents. By contrast, climate in
the Sierra varies more as a function of altitude. The Oriente has a fairly
uniform climate that varies only slightly between the two sub regions. Climate
in the Galapagos Islands is both moderated by the ocean currents and affected by
altitude. Throughout Ecuador variation in rainfall primarily determines seasons.
Temperature is determined by altitude. With each ascent of 200 meters in
altitude, temperature drops 1° C. This phenomenon is particularly significant
in the Sierra.
The Costa has a tropical climate. Temperatures
for the region as a whole remain fairly constant, ranging from 23° C in the
south to 26° C in the north. Although seasonal changes in temperature are not
pronounced, the hottest period occurs during the rainy season, especially from
February to April. Near Guayaquil, the coolest months are August and September.
Rainfall in the Costa decreases from north to south, with vegetation changing
from tropical rainforest in the north to tropical savannah to desert in the
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