This is one aspect of the sacred arts of the Huichol Indians of Jalisco and Nayarit. Originating as offerings to honor ancestors during the annual peyote hunt, this art form now encompasses a more modern aesthetic while still remaining true to it's mission to provide a healing balance for the world. Whether the piece feature beads or yarn, either medium is painstakingly embedded into a base of beeswax.
Lands, water and sacred ceremonies have become more endangered than ever by brutal intimidation tactics of international mining corporations more interested in exploiting natural resources than in honoring what was classified by the government as a protected area. This is another important cultural heritage that you can help preserve by supporting these artists and studying their culture.