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OAXACA, MEXICO

San Martín Tilcajete
by Ron Mader

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San Martín Tilcajete is one of the country's most famous villages of wood carvers.

NATURAL WORLD

Located in the southern state of Oaxaca, the Zapotec village is nestled in the Central Valleys.

THE WOOD CARVERS

Wood carving is a new craft, begun within the past two generations. The person credited for commercializing alebrijes in this town is Isidoro Cruz Hernández.

Like Manuel Jiménez Ramírez in San Antonio Arrazola, Cruz' passion spread to his family and neighbors. The success led to a successful cottage industry.

ALLENDE

María Jimenez, Allende #10

AVENIDA ORIENTE

Joaquin Hernández, Avenida Oriente #8
Vicente Hernández Vásquez, Avenida Oriente #8
Cándido Pérez Velasco, Avenida Oriente #11

HIDALGO

Elpidio Fabian Ojeda, Hidalgo #31
Epifanio Fuentes Vásquez, Hidalgo #38
Zeni Fuentes Santiago, Hidalgo #38
Efraín Fuentes Santiago, Hidalgo #38
Zenén Fuentes Méndez, Hidalgo #38

GALEANA

Josue Ortocha, Galeana #7

JUÁREZ

Bili Mendoza Méndez, Juárez #29

INDEPENDENCIA

Neri Lopez, Fabian Lopez Ortega, Hipolito Lopez Ortega, Independencia #19

LIBRES

Isidoro Cruz Hernández, Libres #1

OLVIDO

Jacobo and María Angeles Ojeda, Olvido #9

ANDRES PORTILLO

Martín Melchor Angeles, Andrés Portillo #2

PROGRESO

Martín Melchor Angeles, Andrés Portillo #2

REFORMA

Ventura Fabian, Reforma #13

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VISITING?

LOCATION -- San Martín Tilcajete is located 20 kilometers south of Oaxaca City and 8 kilometers (6 miles) north of Ocotlán. The town is a short walk (1 kilometer) west of Highway 175.

Travel!

TRANSPORTATION - Collective taxi service is available from Arista #107.

FOOD - Tasty meals are available at the Azucena Zapoteca restaurant on the east side of the highway. This is also a charming folk art gallery with work from around the country.

FIESTAS - January 15, February 18, November 1. Carnival is celebrated with great passion.

NEARBY - Nearby is Santo Tomás Jalieza.

FYI - Three villages in Oaxaca are known for the production of imaginative wooden figures. Those interested in this craft are encouraged to visit San Antonio Arrazola and La Union Tejalapam. Readers should consult Crafting Tradition and Mexican Folk Art.


AUTHOR

Ron Mader is the responsible travel correspondent for Transitions Abroad and host of the award-winning Planeta.com website.


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b Group: Arboles de Oaxaca/Oaxaca Trees
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b Feria de Alebrije


RECOMMENDED READING

Shepard Barbash (Author), Vicki Ragan (Photographer)
Changing Dreams, Museum of New Mexico Press, 2007 156 pages, $39.95)
- This beautiful book documents a generation of wood carvers in Oaxaca.

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CENTRAL VALLEYS

Index - Atzompa - Crafts - Guelaguetza - Market Days - Mitla - Monte Albán - San Bartolo - Arrazola - El Mogote - Etla - Santa Ana - Teotitlán - Tule Tree - Zaachila (CENTRAL VALLEYS)

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