The Huicholes of the Nayar mountains communicate the legends and myths of their culture through stunning works of art. Their yarn paintings are the most expressive in their story telling. With their bold graphics and most intricate use of colorful thread, each piece is uniquely different than any other.
The artist was working in a shady part of a cobble stone street. Her two sons sitting at either side of her passing her beads or threads. She said Sundays were her favorite days, she loved spending the time talking to people like me interested in her life's work. It took her four hours each way to make it to town from her mountain top home, to work. She told me the story of this particular yarn painting and I promised I would tell it to the next:
"Corn is everything, it's who we are and what we do. The God of maize gives us life. Life here is pictured in the heart of a winged bird, surrounded by four corners of the seasons in a year. In all works we see ceremonial elements, peyote, serpents and the deer which represents man. When the deer decided to walk upright he lost his antlers and became man."