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October 14, 2012

Platters in Costa Rica Known as Bateas

Kitchen Art: Platters As one journeys South from San Jose to, say, Dominical, just before San Isidro de General, one passes roadside stalls selling a rather lovely Costa Rican kitchen item. In Spanish it is called a batea, but in English they would be known as wooden serving platters. Typically carved from an abundant wood,

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September 22, 2012

Miniature Art

Miniature Art

The Mask as Miniature Art Form According to Wikipedia, the definition of miniature art is that art which can be held in the palm of the hand. On rare occasions artists have come in to Galería Namu with this genre of art. What is our dilemma is how to reconcile our pricing with the fact

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September 18, 2012

Female Power in Pre-Hispanic Costa Rica

Female Power in Pre-Hispanic Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Women of Past ~ It is always an interesting exercise to examine the role of women in society through various epochs in history, for how women are treated in a society says a lot about a culture.  Going back over a thousand years to lower Central and Meso-America one can extrapolate to some

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September 9, 2012

Mask as Pictograph

Mask as Pictograph

  Tribal Story Telling By now, if you have visited Galería Namu’s website or our gallery in San Jose, Costa Rica you cannot fail to notice the preponderance of the mask form. We have several kinds of masks from a couple of different tribes, but overwhelmingly the Brunka tribe has allowed us to bear witness

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August 18, 2012

Costa Rica Artist: Melvin Gonzalez

Costa Rica Artist: Melvin Gonzalez

Brunka Mask Maker Extraordinaire We could – and it seems we do – return endlessly to focusing on this artistic giant among the Brunka tribe who keeps on recreating himself. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree so it should be no surprise that his talent is so exceptional given that his father and

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August 13, 2012

Emberá: A Tribal People and Their Masks

Emberá: A Tribal People and Their Masks

From our website you will surely have noticed stunning woven baskets. These have literally stopped people in their tracks. Then they notice, without fail, the chunga (split palm leaf basketry material) woven shaman masks that have come from have the Emberá people of Panamá who are culturally similar to the Wounaan, a tribe renown for

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February 25, 2012

Tribal Masks of Costa Rica

Tribal Masks of Costa Rica

Danced Tribal Masks ~ There is always a great sense of anticipation and excitement in the air as the New Year rings in once again the fabulous Danza de los Diablitos ceremony in the villages of Boruca and Rey Curré. For nearly a decade Galería Namu has been extended the great privilege of permission to

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February 21, 2012

Rainforest Animals: Whimsical Art

Rainforest Animals: Whimsical Art

Rainforest Animals Inspire Artists ~ When visitors come to Costa Rica they are inevitably thrilled with the biodiversity, and often it is the first time that they are in the presence of monkeys, toucans, sloths, scarlet macaws, rainforest animals. And certainly for all of us it is cause for much joy and amazement to witness

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January 22, 2012

Indian Art: Pottery of the Chorotega

Indian Art: Pottery of the Chorotega

Pottery in Guanacaste Costa Rica ~ What a great thing it is being on the road without too much of a schedule in beautiful Costa Rica. After a three day beach retreat I was heading back to the capital and my gallery when all of a sudden I saw the sign to villages of Guaitil

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November 21, 2011

The Art of Gift Giving

The Art of Gift Giving

Gift Giving Traditions: Fair Trade Gifts ~ There is no doubt that the tradition of gift giving at the Christmas and/or end of year holiday season has become big business, and yet it was not so long ago that the idea of showing your appreciation for friends and family was the giving that which came

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November 19, 2011

Handmade Pottery: Women Artisans of Lenca Tribe

Handmade Pottery: Women Artisans of Lenca Tribe

Lenca Handmade Pottery – Central America Descendants of the Lenca, an indigenous ethnic tribe of Honduras and the eastern portion of San Salvador, are responsible for producing some of the most unique and impressive handmade pottery to be found in the Americas. It is in fact the Lenca women who are the skilled artisans of

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September 9, 2011

Creative Packaging: Shipping Artwork

Creative Packaging: Shipping Artwork

The Art of Creative Packaging – Galería Namu is patronized primarily by people who do not live in Costa Rica and thus we do a lot of creative packaging for shipping artwork. Under any circumstances it is imperative that a gallery be able to pack its art carefully, but the reality is even further compounded

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August 9, 2011

Ngobe Bugle: Culture and Cosmology

Ngobe Bugle: Culture and Cosmology

Ngobe Bugle Culture and Art – Unchi is the Ngobe Bugle tribal name for Alexis Rodriguez. His tribe is one of seven indigenous tribes of Panama, of whom there are about 3,500 residing in Costa Rica. Unchi has become the mouthpiece for the legends of his people; he has breathed new life into the rich

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April 27, 2011

Decorative Baskets

Decorative Baskets

Decorative Basket from the Wounaan – Galería Namu of Costa Rica has recently received a new collection from renowned weavers of the Wounaan tribe, an indigenous people located in the Darién territory of thick, lowland rain forests of Panama, including this decorative basket. These handmade works of art offer a stunning array of exquisite designs

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January 30, 2011

Cultural Masks

Cultural Masks

Cultural Masks: A Part of Costa Rica History~ Indigenous people of Costa Rica can be found throughout this small Central American country, however, it is within the southern Pacific zone that cultural masks are created for an annual ceremonial event known as the Dance of the Little Devils (Danza de los Diablitos) by the Boruca*

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