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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
OAXACAN WOOD CARVINGS
Shop our Oaxacan
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.
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.
BLANKETS & THROWS
Shop for Mexican
Blankets - Whether for yoga class or to
add a little Mexican flare to your home decor, our fine Mexican blankets are the
solution. We select only the finest hand crafted Molina Indian blankets. These
thick blankets are truly quality.
TAGUA CARVINGS FROM ECUADOR
Shop our Carvings from Ecuador - Located
in the northwest portion of Ecuador, a unique venture began called the Tagua
Initiative was formed. This began
in 1990 by Conservation International as a means of creating economic incentives
associated with the tagua palm nut, trying to find a way for the harvests to be
sustained. Because of this
initiative, today we see almost 2,000 people belonging to the Comuna Rio
Santiago-Cayapas, holding down jobs. However,
these jobs depend on the rainforest being left unharmed, allowing the tagua nut
to continue growing.
HUICHOL YARN ART
View our Yarn Art
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.
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
the rumors which circulated among the ambitious adventurers of the New World,
one of the most dazzling was that of a rich empire far to the south, a very El
Dorado, where gold was as abundant as were the common metals in the Old World,
and where precious stones were to be had, almost for the picking up. These
rumors fired the hopes of three men in the Spanish colony at Panama, namely,
Francisco Pizarro and Diego de Almagro, both soldiers of fortune, and Hernando
de Luque, a Spanish priest. As it was primarily from the efforts of these three
that that astonishing episode, the Spanish conquest of Peru, came to pass.
The character of that empire
which the Spaniards discovered and undertook to conquer may be briefly sketched.
According to the traditions of
Peru, there had come to that country, then lying in barbarism and darkness, two
"Children of the Sun." These had taught them wise customs and the arts
of civilization, and from them had sprung by direct descent the Incas, who thus
ruled over them by a divine right. Besides the ruling Inca, whose person and
decrees received an honor that was almost worship, there were numerous nobles,
also of the royal blood, who formed a ruling caste. These were held in great
honor, and were evidently of a race superior to the common people, a fact to
which the very shape of their skulls testifies. Click
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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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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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In a classic book on the natural setting and
people of Chile, Benjamín Subercaseaux Zañartu, a Chilean writer, describes
the country's geography as loca (crazy). The book's English translator
renders this term as "extravagant." Whether crazy or extravagant,
there is little question that Chile's territorial shape is certainly among the
world's most unusual. From north to south, Chile extends 4,270 kilometers, and
yet it only averages 177 kilometers east to west. On a map, Chile looks like a
long ribbon reaching from the middle of South America's west coast straight down
to the southern tip of the continent, where it curves slightly eastward. Cape
Horn, the southernmost point in the Americas, where the Pacific and Atlantic
oceans turbulently meet, is Chilean territory. Chile's northern neighbors are
Peru and Bolivia, and its border with Argentina to the east, at 5,150
kilometers, is one of the world's longest.
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