November 18, 2005

Nativa 2005: Festival of Traditional Arts of Baja California

A project that unites indigenous communities, organizations of Mexico and the US

Native artists from the Pai-pai, Kumiai, Cucapa and Kiliwa communities will gather in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico to take part in an interactive marketplace featuring the traditional arts of Baja California. This is a wonderful opportunity for the public, buyers and specialists to interact directly with indigenous artists and learn about the handcraft traditions that have been passed on from countless generations of native peoples of the peninsula.

The Native Arts and Traditional Foods Marketplace will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 26-27, from 11 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Hotel Misión Santa Isabel, Blvd. Lázaro Cárdenas y Ave. Castillo, in Ensenada.

There will be more than 30 traditional artists from the indigenous communities of Baja California with a rich array of traditional pottery, basektry (willow, juncus rush, pine and palm), beaded jewelry, bows and arrows, sage incense, leather articles, sculptures and many other unique handmade items (see attached poster). The market will also feature interactive classes in which the public can sit with an artisan and learn to make a craft, demonstrations of traditional food preparation (including samples and food booths), an auction and an arts contest.

The event is organized by the Alliance for Sustainable Development (ADESU; see www.adesu.org), a project that unites indigenous communities, organizations of Mexico and the US, and individuals to work for cultural and natural heritage conservation through sustainable development in Baja California’s native lands.

Current participants include, Terra Peninsular, dedicated to land conservation in Baja California http://www. terrapeninsular.org/, The Native Cultures Institute of Baja California (CUNA), Interamerican Foundation, and volunteers from Mexico and the US in collaboration with the indigenous communities of Baja California.

For hotel map and information, visit: http://www.baja.com/ENSENADA/lodging/santa_isabel/

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