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National Hispanic American Heritage Month 2002

On the Equator: Jewelry — Indigenous Jewelry. For many years, the Quito School of Arts founded by Bernardo de Legarda Foundation, has taught native artisans traditional techniques in silver works, jewelry and taracea. These arts have been treasured around the world.

More than 30 unique and different cultures habitated Ecuador's coastlands, andes and amazon regions: Chachis, huaoranis, shuaras, incas, colorados, valdivians, cayapas. They offer the world more than 2000 years of fine crafting techniques , textile works, amazing silver jewelry, chonta wood blowguns, hand painted balsa portraits, hand made handbags, sweaters, cardigans, shirts, blouses, pants, backpacks, banana syrups, banana marmalades, cigars, all natural and 100% hand made.

El Salvador
Land Of Precious Things: "El Salvador" is translated, "The Savior." — This name, chosen in honor of the "Savior of the World: Jesus Christ," was ascribed on September 15, 1821 to the smallest of the Central American nations. The indigenous inhabitants of this territory took pride in that they were one of the last peoples that were colonized and conquered by the Spanish conquistadors. The indigenous inhabitants of this territory were direct descendants of prior Aztec and Maya empires. Their ancient symbol of the Jaguar represented beauty, strength and war. Therefore, they called themselves the "grandchildren of the Jaguar." As for their land, when they took into account its panoramic views of majestic lakes and towering volcanoes, they called it CUZCATLAN, the "Land of Precious Things."

El Salvador is the smallest, yet most populous nation in Central America. The Salvadoran community also represents the largest Hispanic ethnic group in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. In Latin America, Salvadorans are characterized as extremely passionate, industrious and proud. Prior to its civil war, El Salvador boasted a debt-free and industrializing economy in Central America. During the war, most of its resources were exhausted, to include most of its workforce that immigrated to the U.S. In the years after the war, natural disasters as hurricane Mitch, recent earthquakes and even droughts have devastated this small nation, but its people have persevered through strong faith and work ethic, the very characteristics upon which El Salvador was founded on.

The people of El Salvador have many faces, for they are the children of the African, the European, the Aztec, and the Maya. They are the "grandchildren of the Jaguar." Source

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