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 two 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:
"The rising Phoenix symbolizes rebirth. Through ceremonies where we offer food and peyote from the harvest to the Gods, we will the burnt ashes of the bird to resurrect it's spirit and fly again, in order to teach us the same."