In the twenty-first century we may no longer exclude or ignore any part of our shrinking world. The portrayal of national or ethnic identity on playing cards reflects the various cultural backgrounds, worldviews, native communities and language groups which co-exist in the world today, celebrating their accomplishments, artistry and histories. The indigenous capacity to assert itself with dignity in the face of modernity shines through these cards. Sometimes their costumes are better than the fashion industry.
Special pack for Aeronaves de Mexico S.A., designed by Ramón Valdiosera Berman, mid-1960s.
According to the United Nations there are 54 countries on the continent of Africa
African art and symbolism on playing cards designed by John J. Beckvermit III, USA, 1994.
A terrific deck of cards made by Nintendo c.1979 with original designs on every card showing the Ainu, the indigenous people of Japan.
Naipes Argentinos 'La Partida' y 'Aparcero' published by Obsequios Empresarios Argentinos, Santa Fe.
Designed to illustrate the history of four indigenous tribes who represent the roots of the Argentinean race.
‘La Auténtica Baraja Canaria’ was published in 1995 by Justo Pérez as an expression of the history and character of the Canary Islands.
'Baralla Galega' designed by X. Cobas and published by Imprenta Comercial Imprent S.A., La Coruña (Spain) in 1983
Whisky advertising playing cards manufactured by Nintendo Playing Cards Co Ltd for Dodwell & Co., 1960s.