La Ruta Maya Foundation Travelled to El Salvador
Our first international temporary exhibition was received with joy at the National Museum of Anthropology (MUNA) in El Salvador, from February to June 2009. The exhibition was a joint venture among the National Secretariat of Cultural Heritage of El Salvador (CONCULTURA), the National Museums Coordination Office of El Salvador, and the "Industrial Salvadoreña" Agricultural Group (AGRISAL).
The exhibition showed objects from the Pre-Columbian art collections of La Ruta Maya / Fernando Paiz, traditional dance masks, textiles from the Ixchel Museum of Indigenous Textiles, and carved slingshots from the Paiz collection. The exhibition received wide media coverage in Salvadoran newspapers and television.
La Ruta Maya presented the Book the Guatemalan Slingshot
During the months of December 2007 and February 2008 exhibits of slingshots were organized at the Casa Santo Domingo Museum (Antigua Guatemala) and the Miraflores Museum (Guatemala City) as part of the presentation of the book THE GUATEMALAN SLINGSHOT (“Las Hondas Guatemaltecas”). The public was able to observe the delicate details of the sculptures created by artisans-artists from rural areas, according to their natural environment, their historical context and their popular beliefs.
In both museums, national and foreign visitors enjoyed the fascinating detail of the slingshots. Numerous family groups were attracted by the color and variety of the slingshots and the exhibit was visited by several school groups, especially at Miraflores Museum in the capital city.