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Huichol people refer to themselves
as "Wixarica", are
members of an autonomous
and resilient culture that dates
back to pre-Columbian times.
Approximately 15,000 Huichol
inhabit the remote mountains of
Mexico, keeping alive many cultural,
spiritual and artistic traditions
that are now long extinct in most
parts of the Americas. The
Huichol Uto-Aztecan language,
symbolism, plant knowledge, myths,
music and shamanic wisdom are
pipelines into a reservoir of native
traditions that hold invaluable
lessons for all of humanity.
Within the shaman's dreams, visions
and chants is a history that, like
an old growth forest of the mind has
roots in humanity's past and much
needed wisdom for our future.
sacred art, before a yarn
painting is undertaken the
artist is inspired by a sacred
story or mystical event.
The solar deity "Tayaupa"
(our father) plays a special
role in yarn painting, because
sunshine is required to soften
the beeswax to the proper
consistency. The delicate
touch of the artist is essential
in making a successful painting.
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