Huichol Indian Guitar The Huichol are a pre-Columbian Indian tribe living deep in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Western Mexico. They consider themselves “Mirrors of the Gods” and strive to reflect a sacred vision of the world, both physically and spiritually. To the Huichol, everything is alive and has a soul and is therefore divine. The Huichol have never developed a written language, instead, they encode and document their spiritual beliefs through their artwork. Anyone fortunate enough to own a piece of Huichol art has more than a beautiful work of art-they are honored to hold a part of the Huichol culture.
The Hermes Music Foundation has given this rare spiritual gift to Bellas Artes Alliance to raise funds for producing events that promote, preserve and advance Latino music, art and culture. “Hermes has provided very few of these guitars. They have been prepared well in advance and only for very special people and artists such as Carlos Santana, Ricky Martin, and Deepak Chopra, among others.”
The guitar is being raffled by Latinitas on behalf of Bellas Artes Alliance. The drawing will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2011, at the Pan Americana Festival Held at Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin, TX 78701. For more information, or to purchase a ticket, please leave a message at 512-282-9112 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org (The Texas Attorney General prohibits the sale of raffle tickets online.)
Pan Americana Festival The Pan Americana Festival (www.panamericanafestival.com) is a free, all-embracing arts, entertainment and educational event designed as a launching pad for creative discovery. Pan Americana Festival fosters an appreciation of America’s diverse cultures and heritage by bringing together a multinational convergence of talent to collaborate, celebrate, and collectively promote their passions in pursuit of a new transnational cultural and artistic experience. Pan Americana Festival offers a series of distinctive experiences from music, dance, theatre, and film, to the visual, culinary and literary arts, providing a positive multicultural encounter for the whole family.
The 2012 Pan Americana Festival takes place March 16-17, 2012 at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas.