Ramiro Moreno Yepes and Jairo Yepes Gaitán carve patterns into the Sikuani thinking stools.
Photo by Samantha Hawkins, Smithsonian Institution
Ramiro Moreno Yepes and Jairo Yepes Gaitán carve wood in the Sikuani style.
Photo by Amy Vaughters, Smithsonian Institution
Ramiro Moreno is a skilled Sikuani wood carver. Using techniques that have been passed down through generations, he carves canoes and bancos ceremoniales (ceremonial stools) with detailed designs that are rich in symbolic meaning associated with the llanos (plains).