Golden Tales: Myths, Legends and Folktales from Latin America
The Research Behind the Book
I conducted research in Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Since many of the original versions of the tales that were written in old Spanish were not meant for children, I also had the additional challenge of retelling them in a way that would appeal to young readers.
About the Art
To convey the mystery and magic that many of the tales possess, I decided to paint in oils. And in the effort to get closer to the art forms used by the specific indigenous cultures, I used linocuts to reproduce some of the early design motifs that had originally been carved into bone, stone, and wood– or woven into cloth.
The geometric motifs behind the god, from top to bottom, represent clouds, hail, rain, and wind. They were talken from the stonework at Mitla.