Sunday, 13 November 2011

Huichol Bead work

The Huichol, are a native tribe from the states of Jalisco and Nayarit in Mexico. Probably one of the only indegenous groups in the country whom still maintain their traditional lifestyle, the Huichol are fiercely proud of their history and culture though they are also artisans with sublime skills. Here I have uploaded some examples of some of their art. They mainly work on yarn paintings but also make increidible bead work either to make jewellery or to decorate and cover wooden objects (like the ones pictured). The Huichol are also known for the their beliefs in the supernatural power of the Peyote cactus (mescaline), for which they travel every spring to to the state of San Luis Potosi roughly about 400 KM by foot where they gather the sacred cactus jipuri and consume once back in their homeland, they consume the cactus to be able to see in to the future, to predict things like prosperity, drought, harvest crops and so on.

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