The southwest Mexican state of Guerrero is a richly diverse blend of geography, ethnicity, and culture. Home to four major ethnic groups—Mixtec, Nahua, Tlapanec, and Amuzgo—Guerrero is divided into seven regions with distinctive artistic cultures.
These regions celebrate material and immaterial heritage at once both communal and unique, inherent in their archeological sites, churches, parks, and plazas. From these shared spaces come the crafts, clothing, and artwork that help to underwrite Guerrero's larger cultural identity.
Even between neighboring towns, Guerrero's popular art can vary wildly, from the colorful embroidery of the huipil dress in the Mountain Region to the rich tradition of mask-making present in the Northern Region for over 2,000 years. In a sense, this diversity of art mirrors the diversity of the state, its history, and its peoples.
The Mexican Cultural Institute is proud to collaborate with the Government of Guerrero and its Ministry of Culture to bring Guerrero's most celebrated forms of popular art to the United States. Intricate and elaborate, they serve as tokens of the thriving artisan communities throughout the state that are for many the heart and soul of Guerrero's vibrant culture.
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