Huichol Beaded Heart Ornament

This heart brings the global reach of Christmas to your tree or garland.  Made by pressing tiny glass beads into natural beeswax spread over a paper-mache form, this bead art is made in limited quantities by the Huichol and Tepehuano Indians of southwestern Mexico.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each piece is unique and will vary slightly in size, color and pattern.  Please do not place in direct sun.  Beeswax melts!

The rugged mountains and remote villages of the Sierra de Nayarit north of Guadalajara are the homeland of roughly ten to fourteen thousand Huichol Indians. These were among the last tribes to come under Spanish rule.  Their religion still is essentially pagan, revolving around several important agricultural deities. Deer is the most sacred of all animals, its blood a symbol of fertility. Corn is the source of all life, for it was Nacahue, mother of all gods, who gave corn to the first man for planting and from it was born the first Huichol woman. Peyote is a means of communication with the gods and the consumption of peyote by the Huichol people is a deeply religious experience. The unity of these three elements--deer, corn, and peyote--is the absolute core of Huichol beliefs.


The Huichols express these feelings through their art, which is made not from the standpoint of decoration, but to give profound expression to deep spiritual beliefs. This makes traditional Huichol art, whether it be meticulous beadwork, yarn paintings, wooden masks, or striking embroidered and woven personal adornments, beautiful not only from its aesthetic standpoint but from the psychological as well.

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