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Mexican desert bird called Correcaminos

The figure of ironwood measures: 22 x 7 x 5 cm. approximately.

The coin, which accompanies the figure to give a better idea of its size, is a quarter of a dollar.

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Iron wood Crafts

Ironwood crafts are made by the Seri and Yaqui Indians of the state of Sonora, Mexico in limited production, and with a craft process, and on a large scale can be found in stores in the states of Baja California and Sonora. Together with the haat plant baskets, they are one of the most notorious cultural manifestations of the Seri and Yaqui Indians, although in recent times due to commercial success, handicrafts made by non-indigenous people are made in large quantities.

The most recurrent reasons in the elaboration of these crafts are of marine fauna, like turtles, sea lions, sailfish and sharks; as well as desert, like owls, snakes and hares.


1 Wood carving technique

2 History

3 Bibliography

4 External links

Wood carving technique

For wood carving, the wood of the same name is used. The scientific name of the tree is Olneya tesota; in the language comac'ac it is known as "cimitín". Until now the ironwood is considered one of the hardest woods.

For the elaboration of handicrafts men and women participate, while the men cut a piece of wood until they reach the desired silhouette, the women give the final finish through the filing and polishing of the pieces, for all this They use files, sandpapers, raspberries and grease (kiwi) rubbing it with a cloth.

The first figures carved in antiquity were made in a more natural way, carved with pointed stones, stone pomes and the finish was given with loggerhead grease. The figures are usually representations of nature, such as marine and terrestrial animals (fish, turtles, frogs, snakes, rabbits, among others).

The crafts made through the wood of iron wood, have great importance for the Seris, since by means of their sale they obtain the majority of their income and the prestige that they have.


The ironwood has its origin in 1654: a Seri fisherman from the community of Desemboque, located in the municipality of Caborca ​​(Sonora), called José Astorga Encinas. This was very graceful, since his tribe was going through an economically critical time.

The technique for carving wood was transmitted by his ancestors through a mystical journey that kept his body in a still state for several days. When Jośe returned, he told his people what he saw on his trip and passed on his acquired knowledge of how to work with ironwood.


Muñoz Orozco, Maximiliano and Guzmán Ornelas, María del Socorro. (2006). Handicrafts of Sonoran Desert, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Conaulta, Sonoran Institute of culture. Pp. 67-70.

Gutierrez Casillas, Manuel. (1981). Popular wooden crafts in Mexico, Mexico. Forestry and Wildlife Undersecretariat, General Directorate for Forest Development. Pp. 226-227.

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