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About Friends of the Ixchel Museum

Friends of the Ixchel Museum (FOIM) is a U.S. charitable foundation established in 1984 that promotes interest in the Mayan textile tradition of Guatemala and the work of the Museo Ixchel. In this way, it contributes to the understanding, preservation and protection of this important cultural legacy.

weavingFOIM is made up of Guatemalan and North American volunteers who share an interest in Guatemala and their commitment to increase appreciation of Mayan textile art.

Every year, the Friends sponsor publications and projects both in the U.S. and in Guatemala. Among them are educational programs, ethnographic research and photographic documentation in several communities, as well as the classification and cataloging of the museum’s collections of textiles and photographs. It has also made possible the English translation and publication of several of the museum’s works, the production of videotapes in Spanish and English, and a Spanish language activity book for children.

Its work to publicize and promote Guatemalan textiles includes putting on exhibits in the United States and publishing a biannual newsletter describing both FOIM activities and those of the museum.

 

 

President’s Letter

 

December 1, 2014

Dear Friends of the Ixchel Museum,

I wish you and your families the best for the upcoming Holiday Season and New Year.

 

And I want to thank our faithful contributors who support us from year to year.  Like many organizations, we receive most of our annual contributions in the last three months of the year - so it is with this in mind that I ask you to support us once again and also think about increasing your level of giving.  To those of you who continue to receive our newsletter and have supported us in the past, please consider making a gift this year.  To those of you who are on our mailing list but have never donated, please consider giving this year.  We need your assistance in order to fulfill our mission of promoting the art and tradition of Guatemalan textiles.woman

 

This newsletter highlights ongoing research trips to indigenous communities in Guatemala.  Capturing information about traditional life as it relates to textile production and use is important work, and Museo Ixchel is committed to documenting the current state of textiles and their use.  The museum is not just a repository of the past, but works actively with indigenous weavers to promote their work and build skills.  Your support is vital to our continuing these projects.

 

This past year your contributions also have been used to develop more interactive exhibits at the museum; we need to keep the Museo Ixchel visitor experience fresh and interesting.  Additionally, the museum has received grants to document and maintain its collections.  On your next visit to Guatemala, please stop by the museum to see tangible results of the staff's efforts.

 

FOIM board member Yolanda Alcorta is working with indigenous Guatemalan weavers in the Washington DC area to develop skills and start a cooperative.  Friends of Ixchel Museum contributed seed money to this project with the idea that it will become self-sustaining over time.

 

With warm wishes and sincere thanks for your continuing support,

 

Raymond E. Senuk
President, Friends of the Ixchel Museum