By Rick A. López

After Mexico’s revolution of 1910–1920, intellectuals sought to forge a unified cultural kingdom out of the country’s different population. Their efforts ended in an “ethnicized” interpretation of Mexicanness that deliberately included components of people and indigenous tradition. during this wealthy heritage, Rick A. López explains how thinkers and artists, together with the anthropologist Manuel Gamio, the composer Carlos Chávez, the educator Moisés Sáenz, the painter Diego Rivera, and lots of less-known figures, formulated and promoted a concept of nationhood during which formerly denigrated vernacular arts—dance, tune, and handicrafts corresponding to textiles, basketry, ceramics, wood toys, and formality masks—came to be visible as symbolic of Mexico’s modernity and nationwide forte. López examines how the nationalist undertaking intersected with transnational highbrow and inventive currents, in addition to the way it used to be tailored in rural groups. He offers an in-depth account of artisanal practices within the village of Olinalá, situated within the mountainous southern country of Guerrero. because the Twenties, Olinalá has been popular for its lacquered packing containers and gourds, that have been thought of to be one of the “most Mexican” of the nation’s arts. Crafting Mexico illuminates the position of cultural politics and visible creation in Mexico’s transformation from a domestically and culturally fragmented state right into a smooth countryside with an inclusive and compelling nationwide identity.

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