Retablos are wooden boxes filled with brightly colored figures  arranged into intricate narrative scenes of religious, historical and everyday events important to the indigenous people of the highlands of Peru. For the Jimenez family, retablo art is a family tradition. The third and fourth generations of this family with origins in the Andean region of Ayacucho are now working as retablistas Their deft hands move quickly and with confidence to fashion people, animals and mythological figures as they create poignant scenes from a doughy mixture of boiled potato and gypsum powder. The most important tool is a small piece of wood resembling a large toothpick.