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An interview with our artisan partners about their trip to the United States

Posted by on November 10, 2016

   This year three of our artisan partners, Cecilia from San Juan, Elena from Chichicastenango and Matea from Chuacruz, had the opporunity to be part of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month. The specific program, “Maya Creativity and Cultural Milieu,” took place September 10th and 11th in New York City and September 16th through the 18th in Washington, DC. We talked with these women about their journey, their impressions and their experiences: How did you like your journey to the United States? Elena: I liked it a lot, especially the flying. It was my

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An Interview with Artisan Partner Elena

Posted by on July 09, 2016

Elena is one of  our artisan partners who will be traveling to the Smithsonian Museum in September through our partnership with Unlocking Silent Histories. Unlocking Silent Histories aims to support indigenous youth through learning opportunities that lead to critical and creative media expression. Recently, our staff sat down with Elena to ask her some questions regarding her upcoming trip to the United States:   What is the role of backstrap weaving in your life? For me, weaving is the traditional way to sustain the life of a Maya woman. Weaving is our work and the cornerstone of my life. What are you

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