The Shaman's Mirror: Visionary Art of the Huichol (Joe R. and Teresa Lozana Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture (Hardcover))

The Shaman's Mirror: Visionary Art of the Huichol (Joe R. and Teresa Lozana Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture (Hardcover))

Hope MacLean


Huichol Indian yarn work are one of many world's nice indigenous arts, bought worldwide and marketed as genuine documents of goals and visions of the shamans. utilizing gleaming coloured yarns, the Huichol Indians of Mexico paint the magical symbols in their culture—the hallucinogenic peyote cactus, the blue deer-spirit who looks to the shamans as they croon their songs round the fireplace in all-night ceremonies deep within the Sierra Madre mountains, and the pilgrimages to sacred websites, excessive within the valuable Mexican desolate tract of Wirikuta.

Hope MacLean presents the 1st finished learn of Huichol yarn work, from their origins as sacred choices to their transformation into advertisement artwork. Drawing on 20 years of ethnographic fieldwork, she interviews Huichol artists who've innovated vital topics and kinds. She compares the artists' perspectives with these of paintings buyers and executive officers to teach how yarn painters reply to marketplace impacts whereas nonetheless retaining their non secular beliefs.

Most cutting edge is her exploration of what it capacity to assert a vacationer artwork relies on desires and visions of the shamans. She explains what visionary adventure capability in Huichol tradition and discusses the impression of the hallucinogenic peyote cactus at the Huichol's notable use of colour. She uncovers a deep constitution of visionary adventure, rooted in Huichol techniques of soul-energy, and exhibits how this outstanding perception can be associated with visionary reviews as defined by way of different Uto-Aztecan and Meso-American cultures.

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