Our new project at the endangered archaeological site of Pampas Gramalote is underway!
As you read in our recent newsletter, our newest initiative invests in locally-created and -run businesses in Huanchaco, Peru, whose financial success is tied to the preservation of the archaeological site of nearby Pampas Gramalote. One part of this initiative is the construction of gourd carving and totora reed and junco reed artisanal workshops, where expert craftsmen will train new artisans to create hand-made traditional carved gourds and woven reed mats and baskets. These will be displayed and on sale for visitors to the site, creating a sustainable source of income for the local community.
Training has begun and has included a lecture on the history and use of gourds at Pampas Gramalote by Yale archaeologist Gabriel Prieto, as well as informational demonstrations on the intricate process of peeling, drying, and designing gourds by Professor Ivan de la Cruz.
Take a look at our photo gallery and slideshow below and check back for more updates!