Here are two more illustrations in the series of Huichol-inspired designs that explore the symbols behind the Mexican indigenous group’s spiritual beliefs, deities, significant forces of nature and important themes such as the concept of nierika, the gift of sight.
Animals & Sun God
Fundamental to Huichol rituals, ceremonies and daily life are numerous spiritual beliefs, for example, that the Sun God (Tayau) rules the heavens and brings warmth and illumination to the world, and that his wife, the Mother Goddess (Tatei Werika—the eagle) rules the sky and all living things. Huichols also believe that they descended from “wolf-people,” that two serpents surround the world, and that deer serve as spirit guides for shamans. This illustration is a tapestry interweaving various symbols of Huichol spiritual beliefs.
Creation of Peyote & Corn
Corn (ikuri), deer (maxa) and peyote (hikuli) are important symbols that transcend mere subsistence for the Huichol people and enter the realm of the spiritual and the divine. One Huichol belief is that Grandfather Fire (Tatewari) helped the deer create peyote and corn. The snakes in the center represent Grandfather Fire.