International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 8 Number 11

October 7, 2007

Between Tradition and Tourism:
Educational Strategies of a Zapotec Artisan

Melanie G. Davenport
Georgia State University
Citation: Davenport, M. G. (2007). Between tradition and tourism: Educational strategies of a Zapotec artisan. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 8(11). Retrieved [date] from
This case study examines the teaching and learning strategies employed by a Zapotec weaver in Oaxaca, Mexico, to draw attention to the personal agency of indigenous artisans participating in the tourist economy, and to examine ways in which non-formal and informal education in skills and understandings related to art can function in the lives of real people, especially members of less privileged cultural groups. Among the strategies employed by this artisan are intergenerational transfer, self-directed research, experimentation, and workshops. Implications for art education include consideration of economic incentives and other motivations for art-related learning in this and other settings.

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