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African tribal influences?

When most people think about Mexico they never think about Africa, or natives of African descent. However there are areas in Mexico that have a large black population.

Black heritage in Mexico is not only isolated to Veracruz and Costa Chica. In the 1500 Spaniards brought Africans into Mexico because the Indians were dying. By the mid-1600, there were more than 15000 blacks and mulattos in Mexico. The races in Mexico mixed, thus making Mexico a nation of mestizos (mixed peoples).

 This work of art showing a Huichol indian playing a drum has something African about it, it almost looks like it has been influenced by African tribal art. A reliquary figure covered with beads and Huichol symbolism.

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Huichol furniture

A rare set of Mexican furniture from the Huichol tribe of central-west Mexico, comprising a pair of chairs, a table and a stool or side table. Each piece composed of a base of wooden strips with leather seats and tops and cane backs, the vellum with traces of brightly coloured painted images.

 

 

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