This piece is by Fidencio Benitez Rivera. It depicts the shamans receiving wisdom through the sacred peyote button. They used drims in their ceremonies to communicate with the gods. They searched for ways to repay their gods for their greatest gift, Corn. This yarn painting is known as a neirika to the Huichols.
Yarn paintings consist of commercial yarn pressed into boards coated with wax and resin and are derived from a ceremonial tablet called a neirika. What mostly links the yarn paintings made today is the continuance of the traditional patterns used for centuries to represent and communicate with the gods.
The Huichols are an indigenous people who mostly live in the mountainous areas of northern Jalisco and parts of Nayarit in north central Mexico with the towns of San Andrés, Santa Catarina and San Sebastián as major cultural centers. Their numbers are estimated at 50,000 and the name Huichol is derived from the word Wirriarika, which means soothsayer or medicine man. The religious faith of the Huichols is still based on a “trinity” of veneration of the deer, corn and peyote. The last is ritually gathered each year on a long pilgrimage to the desert area of San Luis Potosí, where the people are said to have originated and used by shamans.
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