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This nativity scene by Jose Canil Ramos combines the strength of faith with traditional Guatemalan arts. Baby Jesus is welcomed by Mary and Joseph, as well as the archangel Gabriel, the Three Wise Men wearing golden crowns, and a donkey and cow. Ramos carves each figurine by hand from pinewood that was weathered and dried during the summer months. The characters' florid yellow robes and black cloaks are painted by hand, and Gabriel's wings are detachable. Featuring 9 pieces, this nativity scene preserves a tradition that was brought to Guatemala in 1649.
Jose suffers from a rare facial nerve paralysis and is currently treating the condition with physical therapy.
Jose is a very talented wood carver. He first learned when he was just 10 years old from his father. It's been passed down for generations and Jose plans to continue the tradition and teach his son how to wood carve.
Jose's work helps generate employment opportunities for those in his community. With the sales from NOVICA, he can employ other artisans and help change the lives of his workers.
Jose hires several people within his community which provides them with a stable income for supporting their families.