This beaded bird (and tiny flowers) necklace and pouch was made by a Huichol artisan in Mexico. This necklace measures approx. 18 inches. The pouch is 3 inches wide.
Birds are believed to bring power and sight. They are messengers to and from the gods, and all birds are held in great regard. The shamans use tail and wing feathers of eagles and hawks in their rituals and ceremonial chanting.
Flowers play a part in all Huichol ceremonies, and all flowers are considered sacred in healing rituals; the patient’s head is anointed with flowers. Shamans use them to prepare for the deer hunt and during harvest ceremonies to adorn the new corn. One flower that appears often is called Kiera, the tree of the wind. It is a hallucinogenic plant said to open the Huichols spirits to the highest level of enlightenment.