Jairo Yepes Gaitán
wood carver, Paz de Ariporo
Jairo Yepes is a Sikuani wood carver. His traditional pieces include animal figures such as jaguars, parrots, and fish. Many of these figures are used during rituals and ceremonies.
Jairo Yepes Gaitán carves a Sikuani stool, an indigenous tradition of the Southereastern Plains. Photo by Amy Vaughters, Smithsonian Institution