Ruben Palma, also known by his Aztec or *Nahuatl name Tepeyolotl Mallinalli, is an amazing craftsman and artisan. He is also very active in the local Aztec Community and participates in traditional holidays and celebrations. He is an avid Aztec Dancer and lives to share his cultural heritage through performances and his traditional artwork and handcrafts. A respect for all that Mother Nature represents is a cornerstone in his work.
Native/Indigenous Peoples throughout the world honor nature by not taking more than they need, replenishing what is taken and using all that she (nature) offers. Tepeyolotl Mallinalli's designs all come from this place of honoring the ancient symbols found in the natural world.
"I enjoy making custom work with the traditional materials used in the Aztec Culture mostly leather, natural stones, feathers and bones. My work focuses on my Mexicah Heritage. I believe it is very important for me to bring back different artifacts, weapons and a variety of daily use objects used in the Prehispanic life of Central Mexico and my ancestors." Ruben
Ruben is the proud father of four sons, two of which are US Military Veterans. Through his active participation in the dance and hand crafts of his ancestors he hopes to bring back and keep alive the Traditions of the rich Aztec Culture and at the same time pass them on to Future Generations. He wants to keep these traditions alive for his children and his children's children. “The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” ~ George Orwell
Ruben's focus is on quality not quantity. He spends as much time as he feels is necessary for the design and crafting of each piece. He works all of his materials by hand and uses as many traditional techniques as possible. His concern is in maintaing the authenticity of his ancestral heritage and at the same time expressing his individual artistic vision.
A Beautiful Deer Antler Dreamcatcher with accents of a Grade A deer Hide, Guinea fowl Feathers widely use by Native Americans because the designs on those feathers represent the Milky-way, Coyote Canines which in The Mexica Culture represents Wisdom and Spiritual guidance and the Deer Antlers also in The Mexican Culture represents the Warriors Strength. Made with traditional and natural materials, this piece represents vast wisdom and strength.
*Nahuatl, known informally as Aztec, is a language or group of languages of the Uto-Aztecan language family. Varieties of Nahuatl are spoken by an estimated 1.5 million Nahua people, most of whom live in Central Mexico.
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