This beaded eagle statue was made by a Huichol artisan in Mexico. According to www.thehuicholcenter.org, Eagles are 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.
Birds are believed to be messengers to and from the gods, all birds are held in great regard. The shamans use tail and wing feather 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.
The statue is about 6 inches tall.
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.