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Through the creation of their art work, whether it be their beaded art, yarn paintings or embroidery, Huichol Indian Art expresses deep religious feeling and beliefs acquired through a lifetime of participation in ceremonies and rituals.
All Huichol Indian art reflects shamanic tradition and documents age-old worship and wisdom which have miraculously survived into modern times. From the time they are children, Huichol Indians learn how to contact entities inhabiting the spirit world through symbols that carry their prayers to the sacred realm.
Each bead on a colorful and symbolic carved wooden figure or gourd bowl is placed one at a time into a special mix of beeswax and pine resin, and signifies a persons good thoughts or desires for happy health and abundant lives. Their prayers have to do with obtaining powers to heal, dram prophetic dreams, make rain and/or communicate with the nature spirits.
The Huichol Indians live in the isolated region of the Western Sierra Madre Mountains in Mexico. They are related to the Hopis, the Utes, the Aztecs and other tribes in the Southwest and in Mexico.