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La Huatápera, Museum of Indigenous Art and Tradition

Uruapan

Among the many curiosities that make Uruapan unique, is that thanks to its Purepecha heritage, the tradition of craftsmanship has been maintained. For example, the beautiful black lacquers, golden borders and beautiful colors in objects as diverse as bateas, jícaras, masks or wooden boxes have made the world turn to see them, earning them the nickname “ la cuna del maque” (the cradle of the maque).

It is this richness in different artisan techniques that led the municipality to inaugurate a museum dedicated to them. Heading to the Plaza de Morelos, in the downtown area, you will find the Huatapera (” Lugar de Reunión” in Spanish) (“Meeting Place” in Spanish), whose building dates back to 1533 when it was ordered to be built to serve as a hospital, but which is currently the home of the Museo de Arte y Tradición Indígena (Museum of Indigenous Art and Tradition).

The site has four rooms specialized in different themes. The first one, “ Los cuatro pueblos” (“The four towns”), focuses on the surrounding towns, detailing their daily life by means of recreational, artistic and religious objects. The tour continues through “El Maque de Michoacán”, dedicated to highlighting Purepecha art as well as helping the visitor to differentiate the variants among them by means of their aesthetics and the tools used to elaborate them in three different regions: Uruapan, Quiroga and Pátzcuaro, each one as different as the previous one, being noticed in their finishes and designs.

The last two rooms are for temporary exhibitions on the theme of indigenous life, whether it is their idiosyncrasies, traditions, customs, beliefs or life.

Do not forget to visit the chapel whose facade is adorned by an arch decorated with reliefs made by indigenous people, also inside it houses an incredible mural from the 16th century.
Among the many curiosities that make Uruapan unique, is that thanks to its Purepecha heritage, the tradition of craftsmanship has been maintained. For example, the beautiful black lacquers, golden borders and beautiful colors in objects as diverse as bateas, jícaras, masks or wooden boxes have made the world turn to see them, earning them the nickname “ la cuna del maque” (the cradle of the maque).

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It is this richness in different artisan techniques that led the municipality to inaugurate a museum dedicated to them. Heading to the Plaza de Morelos, in the downtown area, you will find the Huatapera (” Lugar de Reunión” in Spanish) (“Meeting Place” in Spanish), whose building dates back to 1533 when it was ordered to be built to serve as a hospital, but which is currently the home of the Museo de Arte y Tradición Indígena (Museum of Indigenous Art and Tradition).

The site has four rooms specialized in different themes. The first one, “ Los cuatro pueblos” (“The four towns”), focuses on the surrounding towns, detailing their daily life by means of recreational, artistic and religious objects. The tour continues through “El Maque de Michoacán”, dedicated to highlighting Purepecha art as well as helping the visitor to differentiate the variants among them by means of their aesthetics and the tools used to elaborate them in three different regions: Uruapan, Quiroga and Pátzcuaro, each one as different as the previous one, being noticed in their finishes and designs.

The last two rooms are for temporary exhibitions on the theme of indigenous life, whether it is their idiosyncrasies, traditions, customs, beliefs or life.

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