Mexico is peculiar in its cultural richness due to its variety of ethnical groups, in history there have been among 60 diverse indigenous people that speak about 100 different native languages. A particular group that has transcended and managed to preserve its traditions and essence are the Waxaritaris, commonly known as Huicholes. They are originally from the state of San Luis Potosí but migrated towards the North of Mexico, locating themselves today in Jalisco, Nayarit and Durango.
During my visit in Nayarit, I met Micaela whom had recently built a new house for her family with a loan she received from Kiva via Habitat for Humanity Mexico.
Micaela is married and has 4 sons; she used to live with his father Pablo, a very important member of the Huichol community in that region. A few years ago she and her husband decided to become independent and dreamt about having her own house. She started her own jewelry business selling beautiful and colorful pieces that reflect Waxitari religious beliefs and symbolism.
Before my visit to Micaela’s community I used to be familiar with Huicholes, but after it I dug more into their customs and history and now I can tell they have marvelous traditions, full of meaning and history. Every pattern, every figure and every color is related to a particular god or has a specific significance. I’ve noticed people are very attracted to their art and jewelry designs but usually are not aware that this Huichol patterns have a religious and cultural significance.
Their religious rituals are generally held in each community district in ceremonies. An adult man called kawiterutsixi, whom might also be a shaman, guides these ceremonies. Huicholes use peyote cactus’ effects to connect to their gods and Huichol souls.
Even thought we chatted briefly, that was enough to spark my interest in the Huichol customs. She explained that her biggest concern is preserving their traditions and passing them to her children. When I asked if she would allow me to publish a post about her, she happily accepted because she wants people to know that the Huicholes still remain their customs in Taimarita (her locality at Nayarit) and that are very proud of them.
Micaela is very grateful with the Kiva lenders that made her family’s dream come true!

Huichol bracelets and sandals

Beautiful Micaela

Ready to sell!

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