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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)
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.
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
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
"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.
The Palace of the Governors is a division of the New Mexico Department of
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
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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