Make Good is proud to bring San Diego the incredible handcrafted baskets, jewelry and accessories of the Kumiai tribe of northern Baja, the original inhabitants of this land. They are, more than any others, the truest expression of “local,” and we’re honored to be the only location in the U.S. selling their remarkable work. Some 8,000+ years ago, the Kumeyaay (in Spanish, Kumiai) settled in this land. They numbered some 150,000 strong at the time the first non-natives began showing up in large numbers in the 18th and 19th centuries. In just a few years their numbers plummeted. Today, the Kumiai are limited to small bands on both sides of the border.
Our dear friend and popular Make Good artist, Juanita Banuelos, introduced us to the Kumiai of Baja, who live on an ever-shrinking piece of land just south of Tijuana. They are among the poorest and most persecuted people in North America, yet they are humble, loving and at one with the earth in ways few others are. Make Good has only a limited number of pieces of their work, so you better hurry to see these incredible examples of practical beauty made from available materials from their land.
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