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Release: Nov. 1, 2001

UI Museum of Natural History hosts Mexican wood carver

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will host a program on Mexican wood carving from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 and from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Museum, Macbride Hall, on the University of Iowa Campus.

The demonstration will feature Saúl Aragón, a wood carver from the Mexican State of Oaxaca who is known for his meticulously carved, finely painted animal figures. Oaxacan woodcarvings are brightly painted, whimsical pieces that have become world famous in the past 15 years as the subject of countless magazine and newspaper articles, museum exhibitions, and television programs. The Latin American Studies Program, with the cooperation of the department of anthropology and the Museum of Natural History, will sponsor the program.

To obtain further information, call David Brenzel, program coordinator, at 319-335-0482 or Michael Chibnik of the department of anthropology at 335-0530.