Indigenous Women Artisans In Latin America

The marketplace, since pre-Columbian times, has remained a site of economic, cultural, and social exchange. For many indigenous communities, this is still the main venue at which to sell goods, socialize, gain exposure, and interact with tourists, but also a point of cross-cultural interaction in which indigenous communities become in contact with social practices and technological advances from outsiders that they consider useful, like technology and science. In recent years, indigenous markets have become a popular tourist attraction, and one of the main income sources for their own respective countries; however, in spite of their growing popularity, little is known about the significant role women play in the production, distribution, and marketing of handicrafts. This project seeks to bring to light the some of the voices of the indigenous women artisans in Latin America.

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