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Photo of Tzeltal Maya woman making pottery, Amatenango del Valle, Chiapas, Mexico


Photo of Tzeltal Maya woman making pottery in Amatenango del Valle Village, Chiapas, Mexico.



Amatenango del Valle is a village famous for its local pottery and hand made by potters using pre-Hispanic techniques to mold clay which is fired over open hearths.



Amatenango del Valle is a Tzeltal Maya village of potters, named in their tongue Tzo'ontajal, located 37 kilometers from San Cristobal de las Casas. The Tzeltal Maya artisans model clay by hand and then fire the pottery with firewood in the open air hearths which is a pre-Hispanic technique. Pots, water jugs, tubs, flower pots, and animal figures are products of their ancient tradition of mixing dirt and water, modeling the clay, drying it and firing it; the first act in the creation of the Maya universal vision.

Location of picture - Amatenango del Valle Chiapas Mexico

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