Elena Abiju

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June 1, 2010
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Photo courtesy of the Inter-American Foundation

Elena Abiju, an indigenous Guaraya Bolivian, masterfully crafts wood chimes. Bolivian artists will be featured at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s “Arts and Artisans from Bolivia and the Peruvian Island of Taquile” festival Friday, June 11 through Sunday, June 20. The indigenous participants of the festival are the Chiquitanos, Guarayos, Icocenos, and Ayoreos from the eastern lowlands of Bolivia, who will demonstrate and sell a wide array of products and crafts including weavings, embroidery, pottery, sculptures, and paintings.