We will meet in gallery Colectika and start by seeing some of the Huicholes contemporary art and learn about some of the projects we have participated in like creating the beaded skull for the British museum and beading a 20,000 year old Megalosaurus Irish Elk fossil for a museum in Amsterdam. Then we will watch a slide show and video of the traditional harvest ceremony and compare photos of the kids I met 20 years ago to them now with their own families. Then we will go into the garden where we will see our museum of the actual ritual artifacts that the Huichol use in ceremony. We will be able to compare these pieces to the ones collected at the turn of the century. After seeing the ritual objects and learning how the contemporary art evolved out of them we will sit down in the garden with some bee's wax, glass beads and a small figure and will try making our own beaded figure. Don't worry if your doesn't come out like the pieces in the gallery because all participants will get their own hand beaded animal figure to take home to show their friends what the bead art is supposed to look like
We will provide cold drinks as well as the wax, glass beads and figures for everyone to try the traditional Huichol beading.
I have worked with the Huichol for over 20 years now, not only selling their art but also traveling up into the Sierra to participate in their rituals and ceremonies including the pilgrimage to Wirikuta to get the peyote. The Huichol traditional government has recognized me for not only selling their art but also for promoting cultural authenticity which means working with the Huichol that actually live in the Sierra and participate in their rituals and ceremonies. I have written a number of articles about the Huichol that have been published in the First American Art magazine based in the US
Our experience will take place in gallery Colectika, a classic 350m2 Vallarta rooming house built in the 1940's. Each room we have dedicated to a different genre of Mexican folk art. In the back of the gallery we have a large open air court yard with a large Jade vine, palm trees and plumaria tree that provide shade for us to sit and talk about the history of the Huicholes and learn how they are struggling to maintain their culture today.
Come eager to learn because we will be showingshow an inside look into the rituals and ceremonies that inspire Huichol art. After the class participants will get a 10% discount on any purchases.
Huichol Art, History and Culture