Seri Ironwood Carvings
Seri Ironwood Carving of a Frog deedsphotos
Seri Ironwood Sculpture
The Seri indians of Sonora, Mexico, who at last count numbered only 650, carve ironwood sculptures of fish, birds, seals, and other flora and fauna from their environment on the Sea of Cortez. Ironwood is a beautiful, dark, very hard wood which is cured for five years to assure that it is dry enough for carving. Authentic Seri sculptures are carved by hand. However, imitations of Seri carvings made with power tools are sold along roads in Sonora and in curio shops for a fraction of the price of an authentic Seri hand-carved ironwood sculpture. The Seri sculptures are reminiscent of Inuit stone sculptures from Canada and Shona sculpture from Zimbabwe.
The Seri Indians of Sonoma
- The Seri Indians of Sonora Mexico. University of Arizona Press.
Until 1961, Stris hadn't carved anything of weathered ironwood for purely esthetic or nonutilitarian reasons. But this was the year that marked a turning point in their lives. One of the tribe, Jos Astorga, made friends with a visitor from Tucsom...
Development of Seri Art
- Seri Ironwood Carvings
1970s Half of the adult Seri population is engaged in carving. Several family members may work on a piece together: one carves, one finishes and polishes, etc. A family-worked piece averages one day to complete.
Seri Ironwood Carving: An Economic View by Scott H. Ryerson
Seri, Sonora Wikipedia
- Sonora - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Seris today are a reduced group of only about 650 people. However they have a certain amount of fame in the state because of the richness of their culture and the crafts they produce in ironwood. For centuries they have inhabited the central coas