The Ambareros excavate the steep hills in northern Chiapas until they find a layer of coal that contains "el corazon de ambar" (heart of the amber)
They enter crawling into the dark tunnels with very little room to move. While older mines have greater access allowing the ambareros to enter walking for maybe thirty to forty meters The 'ambareros' (amber miners) work on their knees, or seated and sometimes lying on the ground in total darkness, illuminating themselves by the simple light of a candle. Most of the ambareros that live in the community near the mines, take advantage of the intervals between the harvest season and seeding time (from January to May) to dedicate themselves to the extraction of amber with hopes of improving their economic situation for them and their families. The Ambarero's tools consist mainly of picks, shovels and chisels to look for the rare fossil amber resin. The work of the ambarero is a male dominated position, but sometimes the children participate along with their parents in the collecting and polishing of the amber.
Origin: Chiapas, México
Size: 67mm x 64mm x 24mm
Weight: 106.20 grams
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