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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
from our Reference
Panama City, Panama is often referred to as the
“Crossroads of the world”, primarily because of the massive number of people
that pass through. Located in
Central America between Costa Rica and Columbia, Panama has long been used as a
route from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Historians tell us that the
earliest inhabitants of Panama were the Cocle and Cuevas cultures but because of
overwhelming disease and fighting with the Spaniards in the 16th
century, the numbers quickly diminished. Although
it took a little time and effort, the Spanish finally established a settlement
in 1510 at the mouth of the Rio Chagres called Nombre de Dios. Eventually, this coastline area became a popular target for invasions of
Peru and wealth generated by the incursions was brought over land from the port
of Panama to the Spanish settlement. Click
here to read more.
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.
region has different factors that affect its climate. The Costa is influenced
primarily by proximity to warm or cool ocean currents. By contrast, climate in
the Sierra varies more as a function of altitude. The Oriente has a fairly
uniform climate that varies only slightly between the two sub regions. Climate
in the Galapagos Islands is both moderated by the ocean currents and affected by
altitude. Throughout Ecuador variation in rainfall primarily determines seasons.
Temperature is determined by altitude. With each ascent of 200 meters in
altitude, temperature drops 1° C. This phenomenon is particularly significant
in the Sierra.
The Costa has a tropical climate. Temperatures
for the region as a whole remain fairly constant, ranging from 23° C in the
south to 26° C in the north. Although seasonal changes in temperature are not
pronounced, the hottest period occurs during the rainy season, especially from
February to April. Near Guayaquil, the coolest months are August and September.
Rainfall in the Costa decreases from north to south, with vegetation changing
from tropical rainforest in the north to tropical savannah to desert in the
here to read more.
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.
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.
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