Buying Crafts at Oaxaca City’s 2008 Easter Market

El Arte Con unidad de Los Indigenas Oaxaqueños

by Ron Mader

Oaxaca is synonymous with Mexican folk art. Arte popular has no finer home than Oaxaca City which hosts a spectacular collection of temporary markets during this year’s Holy Week, signaling a strong return of tourism in 2008.

This year’s Easter market focuses on indigenous artisans takes place at the Plazuela de Carmen Alto on the south side of the Carmen Alto Church. Crafts from various parts of Oaxaca are for sale. Artisans are participating from Santa Maria Huazolotitlán, San Pedro Amuzgos, San Sebastian Rio Hondo Miahuatlan, Teotitlán del Valle and Oaxaca City. has covered the Easter Markets in 2007 and 2006. This documentation followed the guidelines outlined in the Oaxaca Market Project — take only photos with permission and give print copies to the subjects. This year the documentation expands to video.