Jeffrey Yoo Warren

Taller Leñateros Zine

Taller Leñateros is a collective publishing house operated by contemporary Maya artists in Chiapas, Mexico. With great love and gratitude for this work to preserve their ancestral knowledge, we have made a zine to celebrate and appreciate their story and work.

A letter-sized ivory colored page which is an unfolded zine with 8 illustrated pages, telling what Taller Leñateros is with images of a book with a face on the cover, a doorway, people holding piles of paper, and more, laying on a wooden table.

Aisha Jandosova and I printed these using Riso@Home on a laser printer and are offering copies for $5-10 (pay what you can) each in either Spanish or English, purchase by Venmo to @unterbahn; all proceeds go to Taller Leñateros.

A close-up of the illustration showing a book with a face in relief on its cover, in yellow/gold shades with blue shadow.

In our Voces Mayores art-making and storytelling workshops, Aisha Jandosova and I were inspired by their work to preserve & expand indigenous literature and voices by “publishing the first books written, illustrated, printed, and bound by the Maya community in over 400 years.”

Left: A small paper zine with yellow and blue inks showing a doorway with the words "Taller Leñateros" above, and below, "Taller Leñateros es un colectivo editorial operado por artistas mayas contemporaneas en Chiapas, Mexico." Right: Zines and art supplies in a cardboard box with a handle, on a pile of boxes.

In January 2021, we spent time making and reading these zines on Zoom with seniors in the Foster Grandparents program in the Providence area, where we delivered art-making kits!

Jeffrey Yoo Warren is an artist, community scientist, illustrator, and researcher in Providence, Rhode Island.