This deer statue was made by a Huichol artisan in Mexico. This statue measures about 3.5 inches tall by 3 inches wide.
DEER – The spirit guide Kauyumari, who leads the shamans on their visionary pathways and teaches them how to gain their special knowledge. One of the most commonly seen motifs, the deer, maxa, in Huichol, often appear in male and female pairs, symbolizing the unity between men and women on their spiritual journey. Legends about the deer abound in Huichol culture. The deer mother is the guardian spirit, the important animal in Huichol shamanism. She holds tobacco gourds and corn plant, both of utmost importance for Huichol survival. The Huichols believe that deer give their lives willingly to those who hunt them in a sacred manner. After a deer hunt, the hunters have to perform purifying rituals for many days to insure that the animals are properly thanked for giving their lives to the benefit of the people.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF COLORS
WHITE: Cloud Spirits.
RED: The East, fire, masculinity.
BLUE: The South, Pacific Ocean, water, rain, femininity.
GREEN: The Earth, the Heavens, healing, the heart, grandfather, growth.
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.