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Xotehe Basketry by Yanomami People

Xotehe Basketry by Yanomami People

Handmade of Titica Vine

Looking at these baskets makes you go right to the ancient times of the great Amazon Jungle. This unique design is crafted under the guidance of the elders who still carry the knowledge down to the young. May the forest people wisdom resist!

The fairly recent contacted Yanomami are the hunter-agriculturists of the tropical rainforest of Northern Amazonia. The ethnonym 'Yanomami' comes from the the expression yan̵mami thÌÇpÌÇ that signifies 'human beings'. For the Yanomami, urihi, the forest-land, is not a mere inert space for economic exploration (of what we call 'nature'). It is a living entity, part of a complex cosmological dynamic of exchanges between humans and non-humans.