Tarahumara Guadalupe Indian Bark Carving Rarámuri
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This folk art carving of Guadalupe was carved by a gifted North American Indian from the Tarahumara tribe. It is craved in a special way of leaves was provides the positive/negative technique. They have become known for their fanciful figures and their own unique look.
The Tarahumara Indians, or Rarámuri, The Runners as they call themselves, are one of North America’s last surviving indigenous tribes. And, they are said to be the least touched by civilization. They number around 50,000 and still inhabit the same region they have for centuries — the rugged Sierra Madre Occidental of Northern Mexico, also referred to as the Copper Canyon.
Originally inhabitants of much of the state of Chihuahua, the Rarámuri retreated to the high sierras and canyons such as the Copper Canyon in the Sierra Madre Occidental on the arrival of Spanish explorers in the 16th century.The area of the Sierra Madre Occidental which they now inhabit is often called the Sierra Tarahumara because of their presence.
9 1/2 by 4 1/2 inches in excellent condition
Materials: pine bark
SteelGoatStudio offers a wide and fascinating range of wonderful objets dart, primitive folk art and iconic cultural pieces, many of which I have collected in my travels to many countries. I have always been drawn to hand-crafted and indigenous pieces which illustrate the arts, philosophies and icons of the many cultures and art movements I have been fortunate enough to explore. My listings here on Artizan Made links to my shop on Etsy. If this item has sold, you will hopefully find similar pieces that capture your attention.
Almost at the beginning of my traveling life as a museum professional, I became captivated with the shrines found in so many cultures. I began studying the reasons and objects that people incorporate into the receptacles of sacred relics and remembrances and the methods they use when making them. I really love and admire the idea of creating honorable or sacred places within a container where homage is paid to someone or something of significance.
Many years of creating artistic shrines have commenced. Along with the artifacts I have collected, I use a multitude of found receptacles including wine crates, cigar boxes, orange crates, and even cardboard boxes as the vessels for these assemblages. I strive to achieve depth and texture by using a variety of techniques and materials: as wide ranging as historical stencils, rusty found objects, old book pages, vintage and period wallpaper, and whimsical recycled pieces, all composed in a robust palette with a contemporary slant.
I also offer pieces in their original form in the shop, alongside the pieces I personally create. After years of enjoying many of the artifacts, I have included them in this shop to share with those of you who also appreciate fine hand-crafted, culturally rich pieces.