Colombia

Participant Portfolios / Southeastern Plains

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.

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Jairo Yepes Gaitán
Jairo Yepes Gaitán

Jairo Yepes Gaitán carves a Sikuani stool, an indigenous tradition of the Southereastern Plains. Photo by Amy Vaughters, Smithsonian Institution