In light of the erasure of Salvadoran Mayan culture and the dynamics of migration and diaspora that have forced people to migrate to the United States, NUWAVE MAYAN: ANCESTROS represents Ruby Barrientos’ process of reconnecting with her Salvadoran ancestors.

The works in this collection highlight the ways in which she has grappled with the suppression of her Salvadoran Mayan culture and reconnected with it. In the creation of ancestral deities, she symbolizes the connection to her roots and the ancestral medicine that lies within the depths of exploring her identity.

These mixed media works are an offering and prayer to ensure the memory of her ancestors is kept alive in the present and not forgotten. Her work exemplifies how she is a continuation of her ancestors wisdom in a new generation. She is Nuwave Mayan.

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