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Museum features more than 100 handcrafted Nativities

Folk Art Nativities of the Americas is on display at the Museum of the Americas through Dec. 23. This exhibit features over 115 handcrafted Nativities from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Native American Southwest, each reflecting the artisan’s personal view of the world and story of the birth of Jesus.

This year’s exhibit features several new acquisitions from Haiti, Oaxaca, Mexico and the Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. The addition from Cochiti, by artist A. R. Bialon, depicts not the birth of Jesus, but Mary and Joseph’s flight into Egypt. According to the Gospel of Matthew, the Magi go to Herod in Jerusalem asking where to find the newborn "King of the Jews." Herod fears this new "King" will threaten his throne and decrees that every young male child in the area of Bethlehem be killed. An angel appears to Joseph and tells him to flee to Egypt with Mary and Jesus. In this set, Mary rides on a donkey holding the baby Jesus while Joseph walks at her side.

In this display of Nativities, there are several examples of both a pregnant Mary on a donkey with Joseph making their to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus, and of the Flight to Egypt. They are examples of a rich folk art tradition in the Americas.

The Museum of the Americas is located at 216 Fort Worth Hwy. in Historic Downtown Weatherford (across from the Farmer’s Market). Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tues - Fri., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sat.; www.museumofthe, or call 817-341-8668.