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Colorful codes, images, and symbols emerge from the virtuous heart of the Wixarika worldview and are magnificently materialized on the surface of an authentic bull skull. This is the process in which the Huichol people create their art which is deeply rooted in the traditions of their ancient ancestors of the Sierra Madre region of Mexico. On a typical bull skull over 30,000 beads are placed one-by-one over a layer of a beeswax and pine tar mixture which acts as a natural adhesive.
Mother Nature tells them their stories and teaches ways to relate to the spirit of the rains, deer, fire & corn; that is to say, it makes them participants and responsible for the archaic natural technologies to sustain life in the world we inhabit. This symbiotic relationship between people, their ancestors and the forces of nature was called, "The Wixarika Custom". The images that are commonly present in huichol art are those of deer, birds, peyote, arrows, candles, scorpions, snakes and "Ojo de Dios" (God's eye) which are the star-like designs commonly seen in this art form.
Before the huichol can start decorating the bull skulls are thoroughly cleaned inside and out. This process can take up to several weeks since mother nature takes care of most of the work until the last few stages when they are washed and cleaned manually and sometimes covered with a layer of white paint. Most skulls are made to have removable horns which prevents breaking during shipment. They simply slide on and off. They also come with attached metal wire loops for adding a splash of color to any wall.