“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.

“Los Huicholes” by Luis Covarrubias

These paintings are made by Mexican artist Luis Covarrubias, it depicts a Huichol woman surrounded by typical Huichol artesanias, including yarn “paintings,” a woven morral, “god’s eyes,” and a beaded gourd. The woman is wearing an embroidered quechq and on the second painting a woman playing a violin.

Huichol Masks

These beautiful beaded masks where made by pressing tiny glass beads into natural beeswax spread over a paper-mache form or woodsculpture. 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.