Mexican artisans of Lake Cajititlan
Halfway between Guadalajara and Lake Chapala in Western Mexico, lies little Lake Cajititlan. Although the lake produces great quantities of fish, you'll have a hard time finding a seafood restaurant along its shores. In fact, most of the fish caught here end up being served to hungry customers of the many restaurants on nearby Lake Valencia. Why do the people around Cajititlán show so little interest in the restaurant business? I contend that their minds are on higher things, because every community around this lake is home to artists of one sort or another, many of them following traditions that go back to pre-Columbian times.
Touring the pueblitos strung along the shore of Lake Cajititlan is like visiting a kind of live-in art gallery, a truly remarkable one because both the art and the artisans are — at first glance — nowhere to be seen. Let's begin our tour at the northwest corner of the lake and then continue in a counter-clockwise direction.