to Latin Art Mall
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
from our Reference
The Panama Canal continued to play a central role
in world trade and Panama's economy in the mid-1980s. Some 5 percent of the
world's trade in goods passed through the canal, contributing 9 percent of
Panamanian GDP in 1983. This canal's location at one of the crossroads of
international trade has spawned a plethora of other service-oriented activities,
such as storage, ship repair, break bulk (the unloading of a portion or all of a
ship's cargo), transshipment, bunkering, and distribution and services to ship
travelers. The dynamism of the canal also was instrumental in the development of
the CFZ, the trans-isthmian pipeline, and offshore financing. Evidence suggests,
however, that the canal's relative importance to world trade is likely to
continue to experience a small relative decline in the future, which has led
Panama, together with the United States and Japan, to study alternatives for
improving or replacing the canal. Click
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
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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
here to read more.
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.
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
here to read more.
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