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Jarcieria El Arte Oaxaqueño Closes
by Ron Mader

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Publication date: August 2015

16 Aug: Celebrando La Jarceria El Arte Oaxaqueño Hangout #OaxacaToday #OaxacaHoy @edgarbartolo @melisu_b

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Today the Jarcieria el Arte Oaxaqueño has closed its doors, but the owner is alive and trying to stay well.

In my estimation, El Arte Oaxaqueño was one of the best small stores in the world because of the owner's attention and passion. Don Nico was born in Yalalag in the Sierra Juarez and came to Oaxaca City as a young child. Certainly on my Top10 list of things to do in Oaxaca includes visiting Don Nico.

During times of great inconsistency, Don Nico has been a beacon for campesinos and visitors. His was not the first folkart store in Oaxaca, but it is the store that has survived the longest. The doors are closing to this establishment as the owner tends to own health. His grandson - Chucho - is opening a new puesto in the Mercado Benito Juarez.I hope this can motivate those in Oaxaca to take the time to visit the artisans and friends of the artisans.

I've been thinking even more about hangouts and periscope and how they can be used by locals to share. I'm also re-watching Sunday's conversation with Don Nico. In my view, Nicodemus is one of Mexico's true heroes. In developing and selling folk art (artesanias) he was the bridge between rural farmers (campesinos) and the visitors - other Mexicans and foreigners. Watch and weep.

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