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Sustaining Cultures is a non-profit organization based in Alma, Colorado and Taos, New Mexico. Learn more about our goals to increase awareness and contribute to the persistence of unique cultures around the world through this website or contact us. We work primarily with traditional and indigenous peoples and their cultures in Mexico and Latin America.

Sustaining Cultures

Colorado Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 157, Alma, CO 80420

New Mexico Mailing Address:
1329 Maestas Road. Taos, NM 87571

info@sustainingcultures.org

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The Town of Taos has earned designation as a Fair Trade Town. Town Council Members passed a resolution and enacted guidelines to prepare for the coveted designation. Taos is the first Fair Trade Town in New Mexico, the first in the Western United States, and the fifth nationally.


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Fair Trade
What's it all about?

Learn here about the many dimensions of Fair Trade including the certifying organizations, the Fair Trade Towns concept, and the many resources available regarding Fair Trade. Click on the logos below from some of our fair trade partners to get started.

Fair Trade Certifiers & Membership Organizations

FAIR TRADE
RESOURCE
NETWORK

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WHERE TO FIND US

SUSTAINING CULTURES
CAN BE FOUND AT THE
FOLLOWING SUMMER
MARKETS IN COLORADO:

Sustaining Cultures sells Zapotecan rugs, La Chamba cookware, coffees, and other fair trade items in the summertime at outdoor markets in Summit and Eagle counties in Colorado. Please look for us at the following markets next year:



Vail Farmers Market
and Art Show

Vail, Colorado




Dillon Farmers Market
Dillon, Colorado




Minturn Market
Minturn, Colorado

Breckenridge Sunday Market
Breckenridge, Colorado




Frisco Fourth of July
Arts & Crafts Market
Frisco, Colorado

ECO-ALEBRIJES
CARVED FIGURES

The artisan cooperative Eco-Alebrijes was formed in 2004. It now consists of 18 families from the community of Arrazola just out side of Oaxaca city in southern Mexico and near Monte Alban, a United Nations World Heritage archaeological site. The families number 117 people including children and adults. The cooperative is unique in that they use only sustainably harvested copal wood for their work.

The alebrije figures are carved from green copal, then carefully dried in the sun, and eventually sanded, before being painted with acrylics. Most carving is done by men and most painting is done by women. Each piece has the names of the artisans written on the bottom. This art form originated in Mexico city about 70 years ago using paper mache and has been perfected into copal carving in Oaxaca since then.

SJSU-Ecoalebrijes Intercambio - San Jose State University, California USA

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LA CHAMBA COOKWARE

La Chamba Cookware is made from black micaceous clay found only in central Colombia. Archaeologists believe that this region in Colombia is home to the oldest pottery found in the Americas

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COOKWARE ONLINE

Learn more about La Chamba and its history.


Here's what Michael Pollan has to say about La Chamba in his latest book about food and healthy eating

How to use and care for your La Chamba Cookware.

 La Chamba Cookware


VIDA NUEVA (Weaving)

Vida Nueva is a cooperative of Zapotecan women from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. Zapotecans are one of the two largest groups of indigenous peoples in Oaxaca which has the largest indigenous population in Mexico. Sustaining Cultures works directly with this cooperative helping to support their efforts by marketing their weavings and promoting their endeavors in the U.S. (more)

NICARAGUAN POTTERY

Our Nicaraguan pottery comes from the Pueblo of San Juan de Oriente where some of the finest decorative pottery in Central America is made. The ceramic tradition in San Juan de Oriente goes back over 500 years to pre-colonial times. This community was so highly regarded for it’s ceramic work that pottery was used to pay taxes to the Spanish government. Today these artisans have achieved national and international recognition following a revival of their traditions through a US based organization called Potters for Peace.

LA YURATA (Huichol Art)

The Yw’rata, or Yurata, is a Huichol community that is in the state of Nayarit. The name Yurata means: that which is growing little by little. The La Yurata community is forming an artisans cooperative. Sustaining Cultures works directly with this cooperative group helping to support their efforts by marketing their yarn paintings and promoting their endeavors in the U.S. (more)

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