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Welcome to Latin Art Mall

Latin 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 Section.
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.
Shop our Bead Art - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

 

Articles from our Reference Section

Prior to the Europeans arriving in Brazil in 1500, this was a country with a population of between eight and thirteen million people, consisting of approximately 1,000 tribes. However, Brazil was faced with 500 years of violence, depression, and disease, which wiped out most of the aboriginal population.Today about 350,000 Brazilian Indians will exist, which are spread out over 200 tribes.

These tribes of the Brazilian Amazon can be found throughout the country. There are more than 100 different tribal languages spoken, depending on the region. In addition, these tribes vary dramatically in size, as you will discover. For example, the Yanomami and Guarani tribes have members ranging in the tens of thousands while there are tribes such as the Kanoe and Akuntsu, which consist of 30 members or less. Click here to read more.

The jaguar, or as he is sometimes called, the American tiger, is the largest and most ferocious of the cat family found on this continent. Some jaguars have been seen equal in size to the Asiatic tiger; but in most cases the American, animal is smaller. He is strong enough, however, to drag a horse or an ox to his den—sometimes to a long distance; and this feat has been frequently observed.

The jaguar is found in all the tropical parts of North and South America. While he bears a considerable likeness to the tiger, both in shape and habits, the markings of his skin are quite different. Instead of being striped like the tiger, the skin of the jaguar is beautifully spotted. Each spot resembles a rosette, and consists of a black ring with a single dark-colored spot in the middle. Click here to read more.

Of all rivers in the world, the Amazon River is by far the most impressive. In fact, the amount of water the Amazon River carries out to sea is estimated at 20% of all the freshwater that is discharged into the oceans. This particular river is one of the longest around the globe, measuring between 3,903 and 4,195 miles long depending on differing reports. Regardless, both are quite long.

The Nile River is another impressive river that has been running neck and neck with the Amazon River for the title of the world’s longest river. The problem is that the two exact lengths are difficult to prove and the resources cannot seem to agree. Even if the Nile River should win this title, the Amazon River holds another title of “greatest volume of water going out to sea.” Click here to read more.

The Olmec civilization of Mexico was in existence from 1200 BC to 600 AD. These ancient people lived in the lowlands where they were often referred to as “Mother Nature” although they called themselves, “Xi” (Shi). One of the distinguishing factors of this civilization is that they had very large heads, which on most appeared as being deformed. This understanding came from years of archeological study to include drawings, statues, and other artifacts.

Living in the Tuxtlas mountains, today more than 170 monuments created by the Olmec have been discovered in the area with 80% of those being from the three largest Olmec areas to include La Venta, Tabasco, San Lorenzo Tenochititlan, Veracruz, and Laguna de Los Cerros, Veracruz, 38%, 30%, and 12% respectively. For the three regions where the Olmec lived, each had specific natural resources to help with their economy. Click here to read more.

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