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[BKARTS] Paper Soul: Indigenous Bookcrafts of Mexico, July 15 & 16



Paper Soul: Indigenous Bookcrafts of Mexico
A Weekend of Lectures, Workshops, and Market

Santa Fe, NM- Museums are treasuries of disparate histories, artifacts, and 
ideas.  But at times, seemingly unrelated topics are found to have 
surprising connections.  Highlighting this point, the Press at the Palace of 
the Governors presents "Paper Soul: Indigenous Bookcrafts of Mexico"-an 
event that draws attention to similarities between two current popular 
exhibits at the Palace of the Governors: The Art of Ancient America and 
Lasting Impressions: The Private Presses of New Mexico.

"Paper Soul: Indigenous Bookcrafts of Mexico" is a weekend of lectures, 
workshops, and a book and paper market focusing on the use of paper by 
pre-Columbian and contemporary indigenous people.  A series of lectures will 
be held Saturday, July 15, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Meem Hall at the 
Laboratory of Anthropology on Museum Hill.  Experts and scholars in their 
fields will also lead hands-on workshops on Sunday, July 16, from 11 a.m.-4 
p.m. in the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors.  A book and paper 
market runs concurrently.

Reservations are recommended for the free lectures by calling (505) 
476-5096.

Costs for the demonstrations and market are free for New Mexico residents, 
or by museum admission.

Saturday presentations include:

10:00-10:15:  Opening remarks

10:15-11:05:  "Paper and Blood: Ritual Sacrifice Among Native Americans of 
Mexico," by Alan R. Sandstrom, author of Traditional Papermaking and Paper 
Cult Figures of Mexico, with Pamela Effrein Sandstrom (University of 
Oklahoma Press,1986).  Dr. Sandstrom is a cultural anthropologist who has 
conducted ethnographic field research for over 30 years among the Nahua 
Indians of northern Veracruz, Mexico.  He is also editor of the Nahuatl 
Newsletter, an international publication covering the history, language, and 
culture of Nahuatl-speaking and related peoples in the Mesoamerican cultural 
area.  He was recently selected as a Distinguished Professor by the Mexican 
Academy of Sciences and the Center for Research and Advanced Studies in 
Social Anthropology in Mexico.

11:05-12:00:  "Magic and Mystery of Maya Glyphs," by Mark Van Stone, art 
historian, calligrapher and illustrator of Reading the Maya Glyphs (Thames 
and Hudson, 2001).  Van Stone, an expert in the interpretation and writing 
of Maya hieroglyphs, is professor of art history at Southwestern College in 
Chula Vista, California, where the library carries a 168-foot sandblasted 
façade that he designed using repeating glyphs.  Van Stone calls himself "an 
incurable dilettante," and has executed written forms using stone-age tools 
and cutting-edge computers, pens, reeds, clay, chisels, sandblasted spray 
paint, and sparklers.

12:00-1:30:  Lunch

1:30-2:20:  "Amate: Bark Papermaking in San Pablito," by Carol Tyroler, book 
artist and papermaker.  Since 1989, Carol Tyroler has been working with 
paper and book artists throughout the US, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, and 
Vietnam.  She holds two Master's degrees in economic development and 
business and the environment, with an emphasis on crafts and development. 
Her background in anthropology, coupled with arts training in papermaking 
and bookbinding lead her, in 1990, to start Amatl Papers, a community-based 
development project with the Otomi papermakers of San Pablito, Mexico.  She 
currently teaches paper and book arts at Santa Fe Community College and 
continues to promote sustainable craft development around the globe through 
her consulting business.

2:20-3:10:  "Hu'un: Lacandon Maya Bark Cloth," by Jennie Frederick, paper 
artist, historian, and head of the Art Department at Maple Woods College in 
Kansas City, Missouri.  She has exhibited internationally and has received 
numerous travel grants, including a National Endowment for the Humanities 
"Maya World" grant. She began her papermaking career in 1976 at the Kansas 
City Art Institute, where she earned her BFA, and apprenticed at Twinrocker, 
America's premier hand paper mill.  Her MFA is from Indiana State 
University.

3:10-3:15:  Closing remarks.

On Sunday, July 16, "Paper Soul" continues with hands-on workshops at the 
Palace of the Governors:
.. Ancient Mesoamerican Ritual Paper Cutting, with Pamela Effrein Sandstrom
.. Deciphering Mayan hieroglyphics, with Mark Van Stone
.. Making amate (Mexican bark paper), with Carol Tyroler

Rounding out the weekend of events and running concurrently with the Sunday 
workshops is a book and paper sale in the Palace Courtyard.  Garcia Street 
Books, Allá, and Guadalupe Rubber Stamps are among the vendors who will be 
present.  There will also be an ongoing video presentation of contemporary 
papermaking and book craft at Taller Leñateros, a collective paper studio in 
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico. Taller Leñateros products will 
be available at the book and paper market.

Taller Leñateros books are a recent addition to the Palace Press collection. 
Founded in 1975, it now produces artist books bound in handmade paper and 
illustrated with woodblock and silkscreen prints.  Today at Taller 
Leñateros, Maya people are writing, illustrating, printing, and binding 
their own books for the first time in over 500 years since the widespread 
destruction of Maya and Aztec libraries by the Spanish in the 1500s.

"That this went on in our own 'backyard,' and is part of the same story that 
makes up New Mexico's history, is of great interest to me," said Tom Leech, 
Director of the Press at the Palace of the Governors.  "As a papermaker and 
printer, the destruction of any book seems a shame to me, but the scale and 
thoroughness of destruction to the literary record of these cultures is an 
unfathomable tragedy."

 "Paper Soul" is funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and 
Library Services as a Lasting Impressions event, an exhibit at the Palace of 
the Governors through February 7, 2007.

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The Palace of the Governors is a division of the New Mexico Department of 
Cultural Affairs.

Information for the Public:

The Palace of the Governors is located on the Plaza in Santa Fe at 105 W. 
Palace Avenue.  Call 505-476-5100 for more information, or visit 
www.palaceofthegovernors.org

Summer Hours Memorial Day through Labor Day:

Monday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Open Free on Fridays, 5:00-8:00 
p.m., with the exception of major exhibition openings.
During all other seasons, the museum is closed on Mondays.

Admission Prices:  School groups free.  Children 11 and under free.  New 
Mexico residents with I.D. free on Sundays.  New Mexico resident Senior 
Citizens (age 60+) with I.D. free Wednesdays.  Museum Foundation members 
free.  Students with I.D. $1 discount.  Single visit to one museum: $8.00 
for non-state residents; $6.00 for New Mexico residents.  Four day pass to 
five museums including state-run museums in Santa Fe plus The Museum of 
Spanish Colonial Art $18.00.  One day pass for two museums (Museum of 
International Folk Art and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture OR Museum of 
Fine Arts and Palace of the Governors) $12.00.  Group rate for ten or more 
people: single visit $6.00, four day pass $16.00.


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