Category Archives: Beaded art

Beaded masks

These beautiful, one-of-a-kind beaded masks where made by pressing tiny glass beads into natural beeswax spread over a paper-mache form. Bead art is made in limited quantities by the Huichol and Tepehuano Indians of southwestern Mexico. Click here for additional information on the Huichol people and how this art was made.

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Spirituality that will move you

Mexican culture meets pop-culture icon:  “El  Vochol” Volkswagen Beetle. The car will be at the Washington D.C. museum until May 6, when it will continue on its international tour. After the tour, the car will be sold or auctioned, with proceeds going to the Association of Friends of the Museum of Popular Art in Mexico City to help safeguard and promote the work of Mexican artisans.

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Beaded skulls

London-based Catherine Martin of Our Exquisite Corpse traveled to Mexico and discovered the beautiful beadwork of the Huichol. She worked with them to create these stunning beaded clay skulls at the time of  ‘dia de los muertos’, the day of the dead.

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African tribal influences?

When most people think about Mexico they never think about Africa, or natives of African descent. However there are areas in Mexico that have a large black population.

Black heritage in Mexico is not only isolated to Veracruz and Costa Chica. In the 1500 Spaniards brought Africans into Mexico because the Indians were dying. By the mid-1600, there were more than 15000 blacks and mulattos in Mexico. The races in Mexico mixed, thus making Mexico a nation of mestizos (mixed peoples).

 This work of art showing a Huichol indian playing a drum has something African about it, it almost looks like it has been influenced by African tribal art. A reliquary figure covered with beads and Huichol symbolism.

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“Holy cow!”

Two stunning decorated Huichol cow sculptures, standing in a gallery in Jalisco/ Guadalajara México.

 

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“The Magical deer”

For the Huichol people of Mexico, the “magical deer” represents both the power of maize to sustain the body and of the peyote cactus to feed and enlighten the spirit. Animals such as the eagle, jaguar, serpent and deer are of great importance to the Mexican indigenous cultures. For each group, however, one of these animals is of special significance and confers some of its qualities to the tribe.

For the Huichol it is the deer that holds this intimate role. The character of the Huichol tends to be light, flexible and humorous. They have avoided open warfare, neither fighting against the Spanish nor Mexican governments, but holding to their own traditions. The Huichol hunt and sacrifice deer in their ceremonies. They make offerings to the Deer of the Maize to care for their crops, and to the Deer of the Peyote to bring them spiritual guidance and artistic inspiration.

Bildungs TV – The Huichol indians on German television

Leopoldine Ganser made an item about the Huichol indians on ‘Bildungs TV’.

Link: Bildungs.TV – bildungsthemen – Top Events – Huicholindianer.

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Jaguar masks

For the Huichol indians everything alive and dead is sacred. Animals and masks figure prominently in their beaded art. These Jaguar masks are wonderfull examples of Huichol craftsmanship.

Huichol Indian Guitar

The Hermes Music Foundation has given this rare spiritual gift to Bellas Artes Alliance to raise funds for producing events that promote, preserve and advance Latino music, art and culture. “Hermes has provided very few of these guitars. They have been prepared well in advance and only for very special people and artists such as Carlos Santana, Ricky Martin, and Deepak Chopra, among others.”

The guitar is being raffled by Latinitas on behalf of Bellas Artes Alliance. The drawing will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2011, at the Pan Americana Festival  Held at Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street, Austin, TX 78701. For more information, or to purchase a ticket, please leave a message at 512-282-9112 or contact lramirez@bellasartesalliance.com.

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Beaded eclipses

The eclipse has special meaning for the Huichol, because it represents the eclipse of July 11 1991 at 10:21 a.m. Pacific Coast time. This is the sixth sun according to the ancient Meso-American Calendars of the Maya. When Cortez arrived it was the begining of the fifth sun. As we all know, Cortez changed their world more than any other force they had ever encountered in their past. Evidently they are expecting some large scale Earth changes according to their divine cosmology.

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