Culture Crawl Featured Artwork

Huichol Tribe

 

Beaded Three-Point Whitetail Deer Skull - Huichol Tribe

 
 

Beaded Montana Bear Skull - Huichol Tribe

 

 

Artist Statement

 
 

The unifying factor of Huichol artwork is the colorful decoration using symbols and designs which date back centuries. The Huichol have a long history of beading, making the beads from clay, shells, corals, seeds and more and using them to make jewelry and to decorate bowls and other items. The "modern" beadwork usually consists of masks and wood sculptures covered in small, brightly colored commercial beads fastened with wax and resin.     

The religious faith of the Huichols is still based on a "trinity" of veneration of the deer, corn and peyote. The last is ritually gathered each year on a long pilgrimage to the desert area of San Luis Potosí, where the people are said to have originated and used by shamans. The importance of this and the pantheon of gods is seen in their stylistic representations on just about everything that the Huichol decorate. They did not have a written language until recently, so these symbols were and are the primary form of preserving the ceremonies, myths and beliefs of ancient Huichol religion.

 
 
 

 

Beaded Six-Point Whitetail Deer Skull - Huichol Tribe

 

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