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The Mexican states of Nayarit and Jalisco are home to the Huichol Indians, whose pre-Hispanic culture survives in remote mountain villages deep in the Sierra Madre Occidental. The Huichol live a life woven of magic and sacred mythology. Their yarn paintings—created by covering wood with a mixture of beeswax and pine resin, then pressing in threads of brightly colored yarn—express reverence for and spiritual connection to the animals, crops, and weather patterns that enable them to survive in the harsh landscapes they inhabit. Each painting represents the artist’s personal relationship with the spiritual world. As such, each is rich in symbolism and meaning. For example, deer and wolves carry important messages to humans, arrows carry prayers, serpents bring rain, and pumas are messengers of the gods.
The Huichol yarn paintings featured in this calendar are from the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Museum’s holdings represent diverse cultures and constitute one of the world’s largest folk-art collections.
Twelve monthly grids and full-color artwork
Size: 12 x 13 in.
Opens to 12 x 26 in.