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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
HUICHOL BEAD ART
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
from our Reference
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.
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.
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
here to read more.
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
here to read more.
were interested in exploration and uncovering some of Mexico’s most amazing
history, you definitely want to take time to visit deep into the jungles of
Mexico and Guatemala where you will find the Yucatan peninsula. There, you would
find some of the most amazing and mysterious structures – pyramids and
Mayan civilization was mathematical wizards, highly skilled workers who were way
ahead of their time. In fact, the
calendars we still use today were developed by the Mayans. Keep in mind that they did not have modern day jackhammers, cement
trucks, cranes, and other modern tools but with the help from oxen, llamas, and
other animals, they were somehow able to construct massive cities that spanned
across then jungle. The fascinating
aspect of this is that the degree of perfection is unbelievable, especially for
you can see many of the spectacular architectural structures to include Chichen
Itza, Copan, Palenque, Tikal, Tulum, and Uxmal, among others. The pyramids, temples, observatories, and palaces were made completely
void of metal. Constructed by
skilled farmers, huge areas of the rainforest were cleared. Because groundwater was difficult to find, these workers dug out
underground reservoirs that were used for storing water. Click
here to read more.
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