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NAHUAL: A doll inspired by a shape-shifting sorceress

An original handmade art doll by Idania Salcido, representing the powerful female version of a woman nahual, a shape shifting sorceress from the Mexican folk tales indigenous lore.

So happy to be showing in a gallery again!

2020 has been a roller coaster with ups and downs all over the place. I’ve been keeping myself busy with ceramics, painting and dolls but I missed seeing some of my work in galleries. I don’t show much, but it makes me very happy when I am invited to participate on an exhibit.

An original handmade art doll by Idania Salcido, representing the powerful female version of a woman nahual, a shape shifting sorceress from the Mexican folk tales indigenous lore.

DOLLMAKERS VII: FOLK TALES

Cactus Gallery in LA kindly invited me to participate on one of their doll making exhibits, and this time the theme will be Folk Tales. I got super excited when I got the invitation and quickly started thinking on a doll for them.

An original handmade art doll by Idania Salcido, also known as Danita Art, representing the powerful female version of a woman nahual, a shape shifting sorceress from the Mexican folk tales indigenous lore.

I chose the Mexican folk tale of the Nahual, a shape shifter that is revered by some and feared by others. The folk tale says that a human can have the power to shape shift into their spirit animal and roam the forests and plains at night.

An original handmade art doll by Idania Salcido, also known as Danita Art, representing the powerful female version of a woman nahual, a shape shifting sorceress from the Mexican folk tales indigenous lore.

A Nahual takes the shape of their spirit animal, but also that spirit animal takes the shape of the strengths and skills of the person. So, if your nahual form is a bird, is because you have a beautiful voice, or maybe, like her case, she is a Mexican Wolf because she is strong, independent and will take orders from no one.
An original handmade art doll by Idania Salcido, also known as Danita Art, representing the powerful female version of a woman nahual, a shape shifting sorceress from the Mexican folk tales indigenous lore.
In Mexican culture, a Nahual is usually a man that commands respect, but I wanted to give this doll the power of femininity along with her shape shifting powers, so I turned the concept around and I created my own version of the nahual. A powerful woman who is free to do and go as she pleases, defying preconceptions of what a woman should be or do and imbued with the power of the Wolf, a rare sight in our forest, but a very powerful one indeed.
An original handmade art doll by Idania Salcido, also known as Danita Art, representing the powerful female version of a woman nahual, a shape shifting sorceress from the Mexican folk tales indigenous lore.

I hope you can pay her a visit If you are in the LA Area on September 19th when the exhibit opens at Cactus Gallery. You can reach Sandra Mastroianni via email if you are interested and need more information.

An original handmade art doll by Idania Salcido, also known as Danita Art, representing the powerful female version of a woman nahual, a shape shifting sorceress from the Mexican folk tales indigenous lore.

You can also visit the virtual gallery preview when you click HERE. It will be Password Protected until opening day, but you can use passcode Fable70 to gain early access to the show, she is adoptable and looking for a good home for herself.I hope you like it! And remember to let me know what do you think of this doll!

See you there!