PERU: MUSEUM DISPLAY OF INDIGENOUS TRIBES SCULPTURES
Date: 20/12/1995 05:00 AM
Lima, Peru, 18 December 1995
1. Wide shot various sculptures
2. Close up sculpture from bottom; tilt up body to face
3. Close up sculpture's hand holding beads
4. Close up sculpture small boy
5. SOUNDBITE: (English), Felipe Lettersten
6. Close up sculpture from bottom; tilt up body to face
7. Various shots of sculptures
8. SOUNDBITE: (English), Felipe Lettersten
9. Various of sculpture of mother breast feeding baby
10. Wide shot room with sculptures
A Peruvian sculptor has dedicated a full collection of sculptures to the region's indigenous tribes
Felipe Lettersten spent ten years studying the lives of indigenous peoples in the Americas.
He now hopes his work will focus attention on the precarious situation of the indigenous people and the threat to their environment.
The United Nations Year of Indigenous People has found a visual mentor in the Peruvian sculptor, Felipe Lettersten.
His works are on display at a museum in the Peruvian capital, Lima.
These life-size sculptures are of members of various Indian tribes in South America.
The son of Swedish immigrants- Felipe Lettersten- sculpted his first indigenous woman in 1986, having been inspired by indigenous domestic workers in his parents luxurious home.
He then spent ten years studying the lives of indigenous peoples in the Americas.
Representing native Americans from North, Central, and South America, his latest project - "Sons of Our Land" - contains over 60 sculptures and has been done, he says, as a mark of respect.
"There is very strong negative influence from us to natives around the world - and we are really managing with shame to kill those traditions."
SUPER CAPTION: Felipe Lettersten, Sculptor
Lettersten used a special technique that allows him to make an exact copy of the model using partial plaster casts.
Once reproduced, the plaster casts are recovered in glass fibers or bronze.
The sculptor carefully chose his subjects from indigenous peoples he met on his years of travel through Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Peru.
His work is dedicated to the early inhabitants of the region.
SOUNDBITE: (In English)
"This is a monument of their culture and it's meant to be sent in bronze to their tribes as we have already done."
The sculptures are designed to represent the most typical daily life scenes.
Lettersten makes three copies of the sculpture sending one to the corresponding tribe as a gesture of respect. The second is sold and the third copy exhibited.