The Huichol


THIS FELLOW IS a Huichol Indian, but I guess Indian has fallen out of fashion. Even I know he’s not an Indian, so let’s label him an indigenous Huichol.

Huicholes collect in a number of Mexican zones, but the State of Nayarit seems to be their favorite.

Lots of beads.

The men favor white attire, much like the Maya, but the women dress like rainbows. They are famous for their bead art, most of which looks psychedelic. Huicholes clearly are no strangers to tripping the light fantastic.

This fellow and his wife come to town every year for The Day of the Dead hoopla. They peddle their wares on the sidewalk. Their art sells for far less here on the sidewalk than it does in hoity-toity galleries up north.

I photographed this same fellow a couple of years ago. He was sporting better headgear back then.

As I mentioned in the previous post, a canvas roof on metal poles is being constructed around our main plaza. It was almost done Friday, and a few of the artesanía people were installing their wares. Most, however, had not arrived.

That will happen this weekend.

Walking around the plaza, I paused to shoot this brief video. A jazz band was playing on a stage.

21 thoughts on “The Huichol

    1. Gracias, Ricardo. We’ll be enjoying the Dead more than in other years because we ain’t gonna be here. Let others fight the traffic. That’s what I say. Usually, we’re stuck here due to having our Downtown Casita rented, but that did not happen this year for some reason.


  1. There is a young boy down the road and his nickname is “Huichol.” No idea why. Really appreciate the real Huichol art. I tried it a couple of times. What a mess. They use bees’ wax to embed the beads and or yarn. I still have a bird’s skull with a few beads I glued on, about as Huichol as I could get.


    1. Peggy: Maybe the kid is nicknamed Huichol because he is one. That’s my guess. They don’t look any different than other Mexicans. Just the clothes. Can’t believe you tried to do that sort of art. It would require the patience of the Gods, or you’d have to be stoned, which might give you the patience of the Gods.


  2. We bought a necklace and earrings from a Huichol. I am sure we overpaid even though we paid 1/2 what he asked. She is very tall and a little on the “gaudy” side. 😜 Thought she would like it.


    1. Beverly: You paid half the asking price? That’s pretty good. Maybe you did not overpay or not by much. The Huichol work is normally not cheap, and it shouldn’t be.

      Who is this “she” who’s tall and gaudy? You’ve lost me. Someone you bought the necklace and earrings for?

      By the way, your comment went to the moderation file because you accidentally wrote your email address where it asked for your name. Any little aberration will send a comment to moderation.

      I fixed it.


      1. Sorry, I screwed up that post completely!

        We were buying a gift for the lady that was keeping an eye on our house and picking up our mail, while we were gone. She is the tall and a little gaudy one. I wish I could send you a picture of the necklace and earrings. I did not put them on my Facebook posting because it was a gift for her.


        1. Beverly: And I just got the photos of the necklace and earrings via email. Looks good! And thanks for clarifying your earlier comment. I thought you’d fallen into the tequila.


          1. Yes, it did. Drank 1/2 the bottle of tequila and then fell into the other 1/2!! I really should edit better. Sometime the auto spell messes me up, changes my words. One mess up the other day: I typed Dilemma and it printed Diploma.


  3. Great photo. My attention was drawn to the red door. Do you know much about the wood in Mexico? I notice in some of your photos that it appears as old and weathered as the stone. Is it replaced often? Too many questions, I know, but I’m curious.


    1. Ray: Thanks. I would have responded sooner but we’ve been offline since last Sunday while in Mexico City. As for your questions, I know squat about the wood in Mexico. As for the wood doors, if it looks ancient, it’s because it is. And that’s the answer to your other question, no, it’s not replaced often in Colonial buildings, which accounts for its appearance when you see a door, for example, that looks like it’s been in place since not long after the Spanish Conquest. Mexicans tend to hold onto things.


      1. Yes, which leads to my curiosity about the wood. In Honduras, wood doesn’t seem to last all that long because of the termites. I’m curious if there is a tree in Mexico that is resistant. Perhaps Senora Zapata knows?


            1. Ray: The Google Corporation is the Devil’s spawn. Avoid! Plenty of other search systems are available that work just as well. It’s the principle of the thing. I use duckduckgo.


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