Crafting Tradition: The Making and Marketing of Oaxacan Wood by Michael Chibnik

By Michael Chibnik

''It is tough for me to compliment this booklet sufficiently. . . . it's a significant contribution to the sphere of Oaxacan/Mexican reviews, in addition to fiscal anthropology and the learn of tourism and crafts.'' --Arthur Murphy, Georgia kingdom college, coauthor of Social Inequality in Oaxaca: A heritage of Resistance and alter because the mid-1980s, whimsical, brightly coloured wooden carvings from the Mexican kingdom of Oaxaca have discovered their method into present retailers and personal houses around the usa and Europe, as Western shoppers search to connect to the authenticity and culture represented by way of indigenous people arts. mockingly, notwithstanding, the Oaxacan wooden carvings usually are not a standard people artwork. Invented within the mid-twentieth century via non-Indian Mexican artisans for the vacationer industry, their charm flows as a lot from intercultural miscommunication as from their intrinsic creative benefit. during this fantastically illustrated publication, Michael Chibnik deals the 1st in-depth examine the overseas exchange in Oaxacan wooden carvings, together with their background, construction, advertising, and cultural representations. Drawing on interviews he carried out within the carving groups and between wholesalers, outlets, and shoppers, he follows the complete creation and intake cycle, from the harvesting of copal wooden to the ultimate buy of the completed piece. alongside the way in which, he describes how and why this ''invented tradition'' has been promoted as a ''Zapotec Indian'' craft and explores its similarities with different neighborhood crafts with longer histories. He additionally totally discusses the results on neighborhood groups of partaking within the worldwide industry, concluding that the alternate in Oaxacan wooden carvings is a nearly paradigmatic case learn of globalization.

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The complex logistics of exporting wood carvings have prevented a substantial local merchant class from developing. The history of the trade in Oaxacan wood carvings, however, is more than a microeconomic tale of supply, demand, cost-benefit analyses, and strategizing in a free market. The carvings did not develop in a vacuum. Villages and towns in the state of Oaxaca have long specialized in particular crafts. Since the Mexican Revolution in the first part of the twentieth century, successive governments have consistently promoted the production and sale of indigenous arts in order to increase income in rural areas and aid in the creation of a national identity that fuses Indian and Spanish heritages.

Most of the articles were brief and focused on Jiménez’s genius, pride, and religion. A. thesis written three decades ago (Serrie 1964:11–35) had much to say about his business activities. My initial visit to the house of Manuel Jiménez took place during a twoweek trip in which I was exploring fieldwork possibilities. I was staying at the Casa Colonial, a comfortable guest house in Oaxaca that caters to tourists interested in local arts and crafts. The owners of the Casa Colonial, Jane and Thornton Robison, help their guests arrange guided trips to nearby weaving, pottery, and wood-carving villages.

Ventura, the oldest Santiago brother, was the last to enter carving, in 1970. He soon began to work with Ezequiel Ruiz and Frank Hale, co-owners of a shop called Cocijo. The Santiagos sold some pieces to fonart in the 1970s and early 1980s. Their most important customers, however, continued to be store owners in Oaxaca. Although these merchants did not usually insist on exclusive contracts, each brother worked mostly with one or two shops. In 1985 the Santiago brothers and their sons were still the only carvers in La Unión.

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