Colombia

Participant Portfolios / Southeastern Plains

Ramiro Moreno Yepes

wood carver, Paz de Ariporo

Ramiro Moreno is a skilled Sikuani wood carver. Using techniques that have been passed down through generations, he carves canoes and bancos ceremoniales (ceremonial stools) with detailed designs that are rich in symbolic meaning associated with the llanos (plains).

Ramiro Moreno Yepes

Ramiro Moreno Yepes and Jairo Yepes Gaitán carve wood in the Sikuani style. Photo by Amy Vaughters, Smithsonian Institution

Ramiro Moreno Yepes

Ramiro Moreno Yepes and Jairo Yepes Gaitán carve patterns into the Sikuani thinking stools. Photo by Samantha Hawkins, Smithsonian Institution