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Spirit Guides Ilustration inspired by Huichol spiritual beliefs and legends. Spirit guides are intermediaries between the spiritual world and the human world. They appear in dreams and visions to Huichol shamans (mara’akame), who follow their spirit guides and serve as ambassadors to the gods for humans.
Illustration in the series of Huichol-inspired designs that explores the symbols behind the Mexican indigenous group’s spiritual beliefs, deities, significant forces of nature. Corn (ikuri), deer (maxa) and peyote (hikuli) are important symbols that transcend mere subsistence for the Huichol people and enter the realm of the spiritual and the divine. One Huichol belief is that Grandfather Fire (Tatewari) helped the deer create peyote and corn. The snakes in the center represent Grandfather Fire.
This illustration is a tapestry interweaving various symbols of Huichol spiritual beliefs. Rituals, ceremonies and daily life are numerous spiritual beliefs, for example, that the Sun God (Tayau) rules the heavens and brings warmth and illumination to the world, and that his wife, the Mother Goddess (Tatei Werika—the eagle) rules the sky and all living things. Huichols also believe that they descended from “wolf-people,” two serpents surround the world, and that deer serve as spirit guides.
Vision Quest. Leading the sacred pilgrimage to Wirikuta and the circular peyote dance (hikuli neixa) are shamans, who practice sacrifice and austerity in addition to ingesting peyote order to attain nierika. This series of decorative illustrations was inspired by the art of the Huichol (Wixaritari) indigenous group who inhabit a small mountainous area in western Mexico.
Pilgrimage to the Sun. This illustration weaves images of the Huichols’ journey with symbols of peyote (the small green circular forms) and corn plants along with the Sun God as a central creator figure and assorted animals important in their mythology.This series of decorative illustrations was inspired by the art of the Huichol (Wixaritari) indigenous group who inhabit a small mountainous area in western Mexico.
This illustration was inspired by the Valley Ho Hotel. This cool jewel of modern architecture in downtown Scottsdale — designed by architect Edward Varney — was built in 1956. Hollywood celebrities flocked to the hotel in the ‘50s and ‘60s, but it had lost a bit of its shine by the 1970s. Happily, Westroc Hospitality purchased the property and reopened the Hotel in 2005 after extensive restoration, and the building is now as Mid-Century marvelous as ever.