Huichol Art

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The Huichol, utilizing many of the same sacred designs and patterns as seen in yarn painting and weaving, create various art objects. All phases of their lives are prayer - the planting, harvesting, peyote pilgrimages - weaving, bead work, face painting and yarn paintings, embody prayer within symbols. The Huichol Indians live in virtually inaccessible areas of the states of Nayarit and Jalisco, Mexico straddling the Sierra Madre Occidental in an inhospitable region of about 15,000 square miles in scattered kinship settlements.

Peyote Mandalas or Neakilas (nierika) symbolize the entrance to the spiritual world. As important power objects they are often found at the center of yarn paintings. Each mandala is individual, mirroring peyote vision trances.