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Yarn Paintings Preserve Huichol History And Tradition

One-hundred sixty artists from 53 countries will gather in Santa Fe this weekend for the 14th Annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. Many will earn the majority of their income at the market and the proceeds help communities achieve economic independence. 

Participants also receive mentorship and training that has helped many artists preserve traditions and knowledge that might otherwise be lost. One of those is Rafael Cilau Valadez  from Mexico, who is part of the Wixarika or Huichol tribe. 


Credit Widen Collective / Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
Rafael Cilau Valadez

Megan has been a journalist for 25 years and worked at business weeklies in San Antonio, New Orleans and Albuquerque. She first came to KUNM as a phone volunteer on the pledge drive in 2005. That led to volunteering on Women’s Focus, Weekend Edition and the Global Music Show. She was then hired as Morning Edition host in 2015, then the All Things Considered host in 2018. Megan was hired as News Director in 2021.
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