huichol people

Huichol Prayer Arrows

Huichol Indians in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico make prayer arrows to send intent of prayer to heal others. People who live near the Huichol call them “Virarica, the healing people.” They are a culture based on being at “One” with the natural environment. The prayer arrow is a tool to send healing thoughts and intent for the purpose of goodness. The prayer can be used to heal anyone or anything without boundaries. The intent can be any type of healing from a cut finger to a broken heart. It can never be used for harm.

The feathers atop the prayer arrow represent the winged ones who are the messengers between man and Creator. The woven “God’s Eye” in the middle represents the Nierika, which is a gateway to the spiritual realm, a realm of clarity, vision and understanding. Using the Nierika as a focal point during meditation, one’s consciousness passes through a gateway to the realm of spirit, helping the seeker to find clarity regarding their life path, a solution to a specific problem or guidance in an endeavor.

To infuse the prayer arrow with healing intent, the Huichol hold the arrow close to their heart. This is what the Huichol call the “kapuri,” or life force. We are all connected to this life force. After sending healing prayers into the arrow, it is stuck into the earth. Our Earth Mother then transmits the healing energy to wherever it was intended.

Vochol Beaded VW Front by Mr.TinDC
The Vochol, a VW Beetle decorated by artisans of the Huichol people in west-central Mexico, on display in the rotunda of the National Museum of the American Indian, in Washington, DC. The car is covered with 2,277,000 glass seed beads.


VIVA MEXICO! - P.O.T.W. - Sally Hansen - jazzy jade

***Inspired by this really beautiful yarn painting by the Huichol people of Mexico!. ( i do not own the inspo image) ***

  • Sally Hansen - jazzy jade + white on + black out
  • Essie - cute as a button + butler please + go overboard
  • Revlon - copper penny + coastal surf
  • maybelline color show - fierce n tangy
  • O.P.I. - sky fall

This is the first look featuring Sally Hansen - jazzy jade. Visit the CHALLENGES -> P.O.T.W. page for more nail art and swatches!

National Geographic 1977

The Huichols - Mexico’s People of Myth and Magic

A painted prayer blooms on a the cheeks of a Huichol woman who uses lipstick to form a background to flower petals, symbols of fertility. Emblems of a sacred bird march across her headdress. 

In the solitude of the Sierra Madre Occidental, Mexico’s Huichols still heed a pantheon of deities who rule their hearts—while the government introduces modern ways to help their bodies and minds.

Constantly seeing all these white kids with magical powers starts getting boring after a while, so I’ve decided to make a character, from my own culture, who’s got her own set of magical abilities.
Cora magical girl, Coalli <3

It’s known throughout Mexico that the Cora and Huichol people are practitioners of ‘brujería’ (witchcraft) and so what better choice for a magical girl than a little Corita? <3
Especially with their amazingly brightly colored clothing~!

This is literally the first sketch I’ve done of her, just to mess around with colors, and she’s bound to change drastically over the next few days, weeks, months, until I figure out her whole story.

Rapper MC RedCloud will break a world record to honor Canada’s missing indigenous women 

MC RedCloud is setting a world record.

On Nov. 29, the Los Angeles, California-based hip-hop artist will take the stage at the Airliner performance venue in Lincoln Heights and improvise more than 17 hours of freestyle rhymes — the most in recorded history.

But there’s a twist. In the 17th hour, RedCloud, who is a descendant of Mexico’s Huichol people, will pay tribute to each of Canada’s 1,200 missing or murdered indigenous women by name. It’s a powerful statement about one of the unrecognized tragedies of the modern era.

Since the mid-1980s, more than 1,200 First Nations women have gone missing or been killed in Canada. 

My first patient was an old woman who, the translator said, couldn’t hear. I asked about any injuries. “Her husband beats her when he is drinking,” the translator said. Brain injury, I thought. Subdural hematoma, I thought as I started my exam. I tested her eyes and then looked in her ears. There, deep inside the canals, stuck in wax, were cotton balls. Apparently when her husband drank he became loud, and cotton made life more tolerable….I found the forceps, and carefully closed it on the wax-impacted cotton. I pulled gently, then tugged and rotated, freeing the material from her ear. “Well, there you have it,” I said. I took the cotton wads in my hand and showed them to her. She shook my hands. “Magic hands,” she replied through the translator. I was suddenly humbled, almost embarrassed like I’d pulled a fast one….I looked at my hands. Had I just completed a trick like pulling a quarter from behind an ear? I thought about medicine men in tent shows. Was I merely a practicing prestidigitator? Was I someone standing on a platform who knew something, taking advantage of those in the audience who did not? My first patient could hear again. I did not believe I had any magic. Magic was performed at children’s birthday parties and in the neon-lit joints of Las Vegas, not here in medical consultation….Now I know that after I wash my hands and leave the operating room to talk to a patient’s family, they will take my hand before I tell them what I found. My hands offer them relief. They have not seen my hands inside the body of their loved one. They have not watched. Still they believe in the hands. Magic hands. Yes, I have magic hands.
—  Surgeon Thomas C. Gibbs recounting his experiences during a medical mission to the Huichol people in Mexico as a MS1

anonymous asked:

Hi I'm trying to trace my indigenous lineage, but it's hard af because no one in my family knows anything. Would you happen to have any information of native people from the Ayutla and Los Altos area in Jalisco? Any information is much appreciated. Thank you!

Jalisco is a tough one because its history after Contact is wrought with disease and death. It seems that Jalisco was hit hard by diseases the Spanish brought over before the Spanish set foot in the Jalisco area. When they finally did arrive they subjugated the people, but didn’t found the gold they had found in other areas of Mexico like central Mexico and the Mixteco Alta regions. Instead, legally and illegally, they enslaved many of the native Jalisco people in order to turn a profit. Between the slaving and the overall awful treatment of Natives, the Caxcanes and other groups rose up to fight in the Spanish in 1540. It took tens of thousands of troops from Mexico, Tlaxcala, and Michoacan to overtake the Caxcan stronghold of Mixton in 1541. After that the rebellion was largely broken, though groups in other hilltop fortresses continued to resist the Spanish. Between the Mixton War and the later Chichimec War, the Spanish made it their job to enact retribution on the locals by killing many communities that had given them grief. After the Chichimec War the local cultures were decimated even more. The Spanish began bringing in people from elsewhere in Mesoamerica, primarily Tlaxcallans, Tarascans, and Aztecs. The few cultures that were able to hold out and survive today, like the Huichol and Cora, did so by living in the mountains of the Sierra Madre where it was difficult to find them. I know of a very good book on the Mixton War if you want to check that out. It may be a starting point to search up some of these other Native groups from the state, though your family may not be Jalisco Native and instead may have come from another part of Mesoamerica. A DNA test compared to Cora or Huichol people would have to be done.

*  Altman, Ida. The War for Mexico’s West: Indians and Spaniards in New Galicia, 1524-1550. University of New Mexico Press, 2010.