Alfareros De “Mata Ortiz” Recuperan Antigua Tradición Indigena

- Mata Ortiz es un poblado asentado cerca de las ruinas de la civilizacion indigena Casas Grandes, en el norteño estado mexicano de Chihuahua. Estos pueblos indigenas ganaron fama en tiempos antiguos por sus obras de alfareria. En años recientes, esas obras vuelven a la vida gracias a un movimiento promovido por modernos artesanos de la región que utilizan el mismo barro, instrumentos y diseños de los alfareros indígenas originales. Nuestra corresponsal Farida Jhabvala Romero conversó con un renombrado maestro alfarero de Mata Ortiz durante una reciente presentación de sus obras de cerámica en Berkeley. Este reporte es parte de la serie “Nuestras Raíces: historias sobre artistas del pueblo”.

““MATA ORTIZ” POTTERS RECOVER ANCIENT INDIGENOUS TRADITION” – Mata Ortiz is a town located near the ruins of the Casas Grandes indigenous civilization, in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. These indigenous people were famed in ancient times for their pottery. In recent years, this art is coming back to life, thanks to a movement promoted by modern artisans from the region who use the same clay, the same instruments and the same designs as the original indigenous potters. Our correspondent Farida Jhabvala Romero talked with a renowned pottery master from Mata Ortiz during a recent presentation of his ceramics in Berkeley. This story is part of the series “Our Roots: Stories about Folk Artists.”

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