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Slide Lecture Galeria Atotonilco presents An Ancient Tribe in the Modern World

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By Susana Valadez

Thu, Oct 26, 2pm

Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca

Reloj 50A

150 pesos

An Ancient Tribe in the Modern World

By Susan Page

Mexico’s spiritual and artistic Huichol people live in such a remote region of the Sierra Madre Mountains that neither the Spanish conquerors nor the Franciscans ever found them. Some 20,000 of them still live there and continue to preserve valued religious stories and symbols through their extraordinary embroidery, yarn paintings, and beadwork. They are one of the few remaining Mexican tribes that have survived intact into modern times, and there is much we can learn from their belief system and way of life. Huichols continue to dress in spectacularly embroidered apparel, an integral part of their spiritual connection to the gods. During peyote ceremonies, they become impersonations of gods and goddesses. Women spend months creating the beautiful native dress that so identifies the Huichols wherever they go.

Anthropologist Susana Valadez is the Founder and Director of the Huichol Center for Cultural Survival and Traditional Arts, now in its 37th year. Her association with the Huichol tribe is so intimate that she has been able to obtain rare and exclusive photographs of ceremonies and rituals. She possesses a deep understanding and appreciation of the value of the Huichol way of life, their connection to the earth, and their artistic expressions that are unique on the planet.


Slide Lecture

In one of her infrequent appearances in San Miguel, Susana Valadez will present a slide lecture about the Huichol people, their unique contributions to the planet, and the projects of the Huichol Center.

The goal of the Huichol Center is to “create enduring lifelines between Huichol traditions and the future, lifelines that allow traditional wisdom to thrive in the 21st century by empowering the people who carry its spirit and substance.”

The slide lecture will take place in the Teatro Santa Ana in the Biblioteca on Thursday, October 26, at 2pm. Admission is 150 pesos at the door. Tickets are also available in advance at the box office. Arrive early, as we expect to sell out.



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