This beaded bracelet was made by a Huichol artisan in Mexico. It the eagle god and the sacred plant medicine peyote It measures 7 x 2 inches.
Symbol for life, sustenance, health, success, good luck and acquisition of shamanic powers, the peyote appears in practically all Huichol art and is considered a gift from the gods to the people to enlighten their lives and bring them into the mystical realm.
Believed to be messengers to and from the gods, all birds are held in great regard. The shamans use tail and wing feathers of eagles and hawks in their rituals and ceremonial chanting. The double-headed eagle is another common design, representing the shaman’s omnipotent power to see in all directions.
Believed to be the embodiment of a goddess known as Mother Eagle, Mother of the Sky and Queen of Heavens. Huichols admire Werika, the eagle as the most magnificent among all birds.
White: Cloud Spirits.
Red: The East, fire, masculinity.
Yellow: A special root from Wirikuta used for face paint in ceremonies.
Orange: “Wirikuta,” the sacred land where the Huichol believe life began and also where they gather peyote