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Mexican Art (02:04)


Ancient Mexican civilizations date to at least 2,500 BC; their religions emphasize the natural world. The Mexican community is currently experiencing a revival in indigenous pride; artists Ernesto Hernandez Olmos and Ruben Guzman reflect the revival. Art is about sharing.

Ernesto Olmos' Magical Flute of Fire (04:27)

Javier Quijas inspires Olmos work, but Olmos uses the image of Xiutecuhtli; Christianity has demonized sacred spirits and primal energies. Olmos plays a flute and discusses sacred symbols. One part of the flute is for melody the other is for accompaniment.

Olmos' Mural and Background (04:31)

The theme of the mural is Mayan mythology; Olmos based the composition on sacred traditions. Olmos plays another flute. He discusses studying in different places and dedicating his career to the fine arts.

Ruben Guzman: Aztecs, Poems, and Dreams (07:28)

Creating art is an interior process; Guzman bases most of his work on childhood lessons, memories, or fears. Guzman discusses "Quetzacoatl redivivo," “Hoy es un buen dia,” and his sculpture techniques.

Cartonería (06:23)

Guzman's art is a mixture of technique, beliefs, and memories. He discusses Day of the Dead, his large art pieces, and community involvement; he works with children to create festival art.

Credits: Quetzacoatl and the Magic Flute of Fire (00:38)

Credits: Quetzacoatl and the Magic Flute of Fire

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Quetzacoatl and the Magic Flute of Fire

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In this half-hour documentary, two California artists use their art to connect to their Mexican roots, especially their indigenous heritage: Mayan (and Olmec) for the one, Aztec for the other. The documentary is fully bilingual (Spanish and English).

Quetzalcóatl and the Magic Flute of Fire opens with a one-minute review of the 3,000+ years of Mexican civilization, then moves on to the two featured artists: Ernesto Hernández Olmos and Rubén Guzmán. Both are from Mexico but now live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Both have exhibited in several venues, taught youth, and participated actively in community celebrations. Olmos is a multi-media artist. Guzmán for many years specialized in the cartonería that he demonstrates here. (Cartonería is an art derived from paper maché.) His section is hosted by artist Hershell West; Olmos is alone in his part.

Length: 26 minutes

Item#: BVL283774

ISBN: 979-8-88678-619-4

Copyright date: ©2022

Closed Captioned

Reviews & Awards

"...response to the film...was enthusiastic." Catherine Ortiz, Adult Reference Librarian, Richmond (CA) Public Library

"Highly recommended. For college-general adult: Art, Latin Americans, Mythology." Elena Landry, for EMRO (Educational Media on-line)

"A strong optional purchase for media librarians...[for] art history collections...especially [those] with a focus on Mexican culture." Ashley Sosa, for Video Librarian

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