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Colorful performers parade on stilts at the inaugural Children’s Book Fair, Feria del libro, in the city of Trujillo, Peru this past weekend. Hoping to generate greater interest in the local cultural heritage, SPI-supported master artisan Ivan Cruz offered gourd painting lessons to various groups of children from Trujillo at the three-day long event.

More on SPI at Trujillo’s inaugural Children’s Book Fair soon!

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A view of the Sala Boccarini in Amelia, Italy, where SPI is presenting its unique “people not stones” paradigm for preservation at the 2012 ARCA (the Association for Research into Crimes Against Art) Conference. The conference brings together international scholars, law enforcement experts, and art professionals to discuss the protection and recovery of cultural heritage.

Pampas Gramalote Gourds Now Available on NOVICA!

The day has arrived! You’ve been checking out our photos of the week featuring the carved gourds of local artisans at our project in Pampas Gramalote, Peru, and wishing you could get your hands on one. Now you can (without even leaving your office chair)! As promised in an earlier post, the artisanal gourds of SPI supported master artisan Ivan Cruz are now available online at NOVICA. In association with National Geographic, NOVICA is a new global platform for local artisans from around the globe to sell their artistic treasures.

Click here to peruse the gourds of Pampas Gramalote on NOVICA.

Stay tuned: the work of other SPI artisans to follow!

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Tourists and locals alike peruse the carved gourds of Pampas Gramalote, our second project in northern Peru, which is making its way towards complete economic sustainability and preserving the archaeological site there.

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Gourds galore! Gourds designed, carved, and painted by master artisan Ivan Cruz and his students were on display in the Expoventa Mates 2012. Their sale will provide a sustainable source of income for the community of Huanchaco while simultaneously supporting the preservation of its cultural heritage.

Promising Beginnings for Pampas Gramalote

On June 1st, the community of Huanchaco inaugurated its new artisan store sponsored by the Sustainable Preservation Initiative, the Pampas Gramalote Archaeological Project, and the Municipality of Huanchaco!

Located in the nearby town of Huanchaco, the store is one of a three part project to create local jobs and businesses whose success is tied to the preservation of the archaeological site of Pampas Gramalote, where SPI archaeologist Gabriel Prieto discovered the remains of an 800-year old child sacrifice.

The inauguration comes after much hard work and several events, including a 2-month workshop where artisans-in-training received instruction on gourd drying, carving, and decoration by master artisan Ivan Cruz as well as the finer points of brushstrokes and sketching by famous local painter Pedro Anhuaman. Students also visited Huaca de la Luna, a large adobe structure believed to be the ancient Moche capitol. Wandering amidst the tall brick walls of multicolored art and motifs of a civilization that flourished so many centuries before them, these artisans-in-training found inspiration for their own gourd designs.

Tomorrow, June 8th, will mark the end of a 6-day long exhibition for the gourds created by Ivan Cruz and his students. The sale of these local works of art will provide a sustainable source of income for the community of Huanchaco while simultaneously supporting the preservation of its cultural heritage.

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NOVICA has signed contracts with Julio Ibarrola, our master ceramicist at San Jose de Moro, and Ivan de la Cruz, our master gourd carver at Pampas Gramalote! Selling their work internationally online is a significant step in the development of sustainable artisan communities at these sites.