The Huichol world in the palm of your handDestinations 04/07/2022
You've probably heard of them, maybe you know some of their crafts and you've even been visually amazed by the bright colors of their traditional garments, but how much do you know about the Huichol people and their cultural heritage in Mexico? Keep reading, because, at Park Royal Hotels & Resorts, we want to share with you a bit of what you can find on your next visit to the beautiful state of Oaxaca, a place full of history that has inherited cultural features of this ethnic group.
The Huichol culture was established mostly in the north of Jalisco, part of Nayarit, Zacatecas, and Durango. It is also one of the few that has maintained its brilliance throughout the years, even after the Spanish Conquest, and this is due to the profound respect for the traditions that continue to be inherited by the new members of the Huichol families that join them.
Did you know that among them they are called Wixárika (which in Spanish means "person of deep heart who loves knowledge") and undoubtedly, their enigmatic culture has good reasons to call them this way?
Uses and traditions of the Huichol people
The worldview of the Huichol is divided into three universes: mythology, the ocean, and the corn. An important number of researchers and anthropologists of this ethnic group affirm that the Huicholes believed that their people came from the sea, for which reason their traditions include rituals of gratitude to this one.
In the modern world, one of the main activities they carry out is to preserve Wirikuta, an area in San Luis Potosi, which is a vital source of spirituality where peyote, their sacred plant, grows.
A historical legacy
Huichol handicrafts are one of the most appreciated by nationals and foreigners in Mexico, not only for their brilliant colors, techniques, and textures but also for their popularity in different tourist sites throughout the country.
Undoubtedly, one of the most eye-catching is its unmistakable jewelry, which is sometimes made with colored threads among which blue, green, and yellow shades prevail, and the prime material that is the queen of Huichol handicrafts is the chaquira, a small glass bead that is interwoven to achieve different shapes that have religious and cultural meanings.
In Huichol jewelry, a blue color predominates, this, according to experts on the subject, is due to the close relationship between the Huichol people and the sea.
Necklaces, bracelets, jaguar heads, and even monumental pieces exhibited in different museums, are decorated with thousands of small chaquiras that together create these precious handicrafts handmade with love and respect for their culture.
Can you imagine being able to make your own Huichol keychain on your next vacation?
At Park Royal Beach Huatulco, we are committed to our traditions, and we always want to offer our guests a warm and cultural experience that reminds us of the important pre-Hispanic legacy of our land, therefore, together with our Funtastic Team, you will be able to make your own Huichol keychain with the characteristic colors of this culture.
Check the schedule of this activity through our mobile app and take the Huichol worldview in the palm of your hand, at Park Royal Hotels & Resorts, we will make it a reality.