Huichol Art

What is Huichol Art?

As a millennial tradition nourished by religious devotion, Huichol art boasts an enigmatic and colorful beauty that brings us closer to its most remote origins. It is a grouping of traditional and current styles in folk and folk arts. Basically, Huichol art is a transcription of the images visualized by shamans caused by the ritual drink hikuri, from which a number of legends related to their cosmogony emerged.
One of the main characteristics of these works is their striking and colorful decoration, sketches that were created several centuries ago and are the visions they get in their rituals. In addition this style of art can be seen in various objects and paintings that are decorated with beads or small beads and thread, among other things.
Nowadays the materials used in this type of art have been varying, in addition there are different designs that have been transformed little by little although there are some symbols that are still taken into account for their important meaning that has in their communities, beliefs and traditions.


The Huichol religion is based on beliefs, ceremonies and myths as well as on a trinity, that is, it is based on the veneration of peyote, deer and corn. These things have great importance apart from the representations of the gods that make them stylistically.
Huichol art has its beginning in ritual art: it belongs to a specific religious practice of an indigenous group, making Huichol art have different dimensions to those of contemporary art that we usually find in museums and galleries.
The Huichol world is divided into three universes: that of mythology, maintaining that life began in the ocean; that of corn, where daily life and Huichol traditions are developed, and that which has to do with mysticism, which reveals the Huichol world and the Huichol art of their rituals that distinguish them and give them identity as a Huichol community.