Since Peggy and I first came to Puerto Vallarta years ago I have been fascinated with Huichol art and the Huichol people. Living in the Sierra Madre Mountains of the Occidental range, they have been able to combine their belief in numerous gods with art that is highly popular among tourists. For example, it’s unlikely that many Huichol have ever seen a moose, but when Peggy and I were going through shops along the Malecon, we came across this beauty featured below.
The design on the right side of the Huichol antler is peyote, which is central to the Huichol religion. Each year, the members of the tribe undertake a 300 mile journey (usually on foot) to their sacred homeland to gather a year’s supply of the potent drug. The gatherer is expected to take a bite of the first plant he or she encounters. Maybe as a result, one of them saw a moose like the one I featured above. (grin)
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18 thoughts on “Imagination Plus Peyote… The Huichol of Puerto Vallarta”
Sure beats Damian Hurst covering them with diamonds!
And probably one heck of a lot cheaper by a facto of thousands. 🙂 Hirst has some art work at the Palms Resort in Las Vegas. If I get near there in my visit to Vegas next week, I’ll have to drop by and check them out. –Curt
Interesting to hear what you think if you do make it. We think he’s a charlatan.
Laughing. That suggests to me that I may find other things to do with my time. 🙂 If I am nearby, however… Thanks AC.
I think the peyote had a lot to do with their designs, don’t you think?
Wow! That’s some very colorful stuff. The beadwork looks incredibly intricate. Do you suppose the Peyote helps?
In the vision if not the actual execution, Gunta. I’ve watched the Huichol work on the art. It is very detail oriented. Not sure ‘being high’ would help. But never having tried Peyote, I don’t really know. 🙂 –Curt
What gorgeous artwork! And interesting tradition regarding the collection of peyote. I’d love to learn more.
There is quite a lot about the Huichol on the Internet, Juliann. Can you imagine what it might be like to go on one of their 300 mile journeys to gather peyote? –Curt
Colorful! Must be interesting to see the world in such vivid detail. Some things you mentioned about the shaman remind me of the shaman in Peru. I wonder if they have common roots?
I think the answer is yes, as in many deeply rooted human traditions, Dave. I am sure that the experience of tripping off into other worlds through drugs had a profound impact on early societies. –Curt
Love the iguana- real and art work!
acid rock, peyote – the ’60’s When societies intersect?
I see that fans of the magic mushroom are trying to get legalization on the ballot in Denver. Not being informed on such things, I checked it out and found that the mushrooms and peyote have different active ingredients, and peyote’s not advised as a “starter hallucinogen” for beginners. Advice noted — but that beadwork is great.
Just a note: it may not be an issue for others, but a little darker text would be easier to read.
I’ll see what I can do. I should have some more time to play with this blog in Las Vegas next week. That’s of course if I don’t run off and spend all my time in Death Valley. –Curt
Laughing. After my first encounter with Castenada way back when, I decided that peyote would be something I would avoid. What kind of a 60’s guy was I? That beadwork has to be tedious, but the results are always impressive. Plus, I like the sense of humor the Huichol show. –Curt
Oh neat, when I got to the string painting photo (before I read the caption) I thought to myself it looked like a string painting I had seen in a museum in Cherokee country. Sure enough! It has such a distinctive look. And those beads too. This stuff is almost mind-blowing it’s so intricate. And oh, so beautiful.
Unique and beautiful, Crystal. We’ve watched the Huichol work on their art. There is incredible attention to detail. We also have a Huichol painting hanging in our library. –Curt