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Mexico - The Ballad of Juan Quezada, May 2005

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FRONTLINE/World reporter Macarena Hernández travels to the Mexican state of Chihuahua to meet the man who brought fame and prosperity to Mata Ortiz, his rural village. As a young boy, 40 years ago, Juan Quezada discovered ancient painted pots in a cave in the rugged hills near his home. Quezada toiled to recreate the pottery methods of the Paquime Indians, a culture that died out centuries ago. After becoming an international pottery star, Quezada trained others in his village. Now, Mata Ortiz is home to several hundred master artisans, and Quezada is a local hero.
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Interview with Macarena Hernández: A Reporter Returns to Her Roots

FRONTLINE/World reporter Macarena Hernández, a child of immigrants, talks about her own family's struggles in rural Mexico and how the village of Mata Ortiz is coping with its unexpected success.

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A detailed pot