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     This ancient tribe is one of the smallest of the different ethnic groups that made up the Mayan culture.  Now they live in a few small villages along the Mexican coastline and rural mountains of Guatemala. 


     They  have always remained somewhat closed to Western culture, thus preserving many of their pre-Columbian traditions and beliefs.  The tribe's main source of income is through agriculture, their main crops being: coffee, cotton, sugarcane, corn, and beans.  Their traditional handcrafts are weaving, carving, and painting.  These works of art perfectly capture all of the tradtitions and elements of their daily lives in amazing detail and instantly transport you to their humble world.


     Due to a lack of professional training, the style of painting that the Mayan artists employ is known as “Naïve Art.”  The majority of Mayan “Naïve Art” is painted from an overhead angle; a technique the community calls “Bird's Eye View."  


     You can find original oil on canvas paintings created by the most outstanding Mayan artists and  communities at Riviera Art Gallery in Playa del Carmen, QRoo Mexico.

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