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Wixárikas Art is the artistic expression from “Nawatl” point of view. Nawatl people and culture belong to the common array of America’s aborigine cultures. Its essence is pure creativity, quite spontaneously, without any sketch, model or design prior to its execution, creating with each peace an original work with no possible copy.

To design the mythological symbols and color combinations, the artist enters a ritual journey to the depths of his unconscious to convey messages that inhabit arcane ancient memory bequeathed by our ancestors.

The genuine Wixárika Art is conceived as a ritual offering, not a commodity, and its creation is a mirror (a Nierika). It creates an encounter between the artist and the viewer, giving us a sensation of joy due to our natural connection with our roots, irrespective of our nationality.

Kupíhaute-Itzpapalotl, means “Obsidian Butterfly” in Mexika Wixárika language. He has 50 years of experience discovering and disseminating Nawatl Artistic perspective. This “artist-philosopher” has toured the Americas listening to the voices of our ancestors, sharing the lifestyle and customs of different aboriginal ethnics from Inua in Alaska to Mapuche in Chile.

Kupíhaute-Itzpapalotl conceives himself as a Mexika-Tenochka being because his inheritance has the cultural seeds of Wixárika ethnic from his mother and paternal wisdom and fortitude from Purepecha people.

The artwork of Kupíhaute-Itzpapalotl is based Wixárika art, but at the same time it goes beyond this because it expresses the versatility, subtlety and acuity of Purepecha People and the strength of mythical-symbolist imagination from Mexika-Tenochka People.

Kupíhaute-Itzpapalotl art pieces have been exhibited around the globe and online in National Geographic website.


From TUWE TUA (Tiger Hill) community, Nayarit state, Tzikuri inspired in his father, who is Marakame / Shaman in his community, is one of the few members of the ethnic group that still maintains active in his daily life the ritual and traditional Culture of his ancestors.


3 - Senda

The name of the artist and philosopher Kupíhaute-Itzpapalotl perfectly captures its essence and destiny. Both parts of its name mean “Obsidian Butterfly”, in the language Kupíhaute Wixárika and Itzpapalotl in Mexika tongue.

The butterfly, or kupí, is the movement, the transformation, the continuous metamorphosis of everything. And it is also the disseminator of the seed of the culture that is kept in the flowers that represent our ancestors.

The artist’s lifetime of 63 years, is closely linked to knowledge and dissemination of his original culture, since his childhood this has been the passion that has led his way.

Like millions of indigenous Mexicans, Kupíhaute-Itzpapalotl grew in the heart of Mexico City, the ancient Tenochtitlan. In his 15th birthday he left the city in search of his Wixárika heritage. He started a journey across Sierra Madre Occidental (Nayarit’s State mountain chain) trying to find the Wixárika community where his grandmother was born, to stay and reside there. But his effort was futile since Teponawaxka, as hundreds of communities Wixaritari had disappeared because of the civil war known as the Mexican Revolution.

After his meeting with his ethnic roots in Nayarit, Kupíhaute-Itzpapalotl traveled extensively throughout the Americas, giving him the opportunity to interact and learn from a multitude of different native ethnics. During 1971, studying at Princeton University in the United States, he was part of a multidisciplinary research group, proving the absolute impossibility of the practice of human sacrifice or cannibalism in pre-colonial cultures.

These experiences culminated in 1984, while teaching philosophy at a University of Michoacan, where he had created the cathedral called “Nawatl Perspective”, fruit of nearly 20 years of philosophical experience and research of those 25 different ethnic groups from all over Americas.

“Nawatl” is the name of the whole humanity before Nawatlán continent (known by us as Americas) being colonized. Nawatl Perspective is the original form, not colonial, and common sense and expression of the Cosmos, of all indigenous cultures of this continent. In particular, Wixárika culture (Wixol in Mexika language), is the original seed of all native cultures Nawatlán, being Wixárika art a vehicle to spread the Nawatl Perspective.

Becoming Nawatl is equivalent to overcoming voluntary servitude, civilization, education, domestication, religion and all limitations and repressions that the process of colonization has imposed on us.

Through Wixárika Art ritual journey Kupí access to his own unconscious where memories from this millennial culture survive, revealing the original source of our being essential and original.


4 - Proceso elaboracion

When making his creations, Kupíha'ute-Itzpapalotl starts off with a carved piece of wood and applies a layer of pine pitch on it, which acts as an adhesive. Then, one-by-one, he fix glass seed beads to the piece, using a maguey thorn or a pick made of abalone to press them into the pine pitch.

"I use the thorn of maguey or the pick of abalone to have more precision — no matter the time that it takes," explains the artisan.

His particular technique creates complex designs, vibrant, high contrast, creating a unique style, unique, unique and unmistakable. "If you compare my style to style typical of artists Wixaritari will notice that there is no repetition of the same color between the lines, achieving a clearer definition of the designs, and achieving the highest contrast possible and sharpest figures to powerfully impact the viewer unconsciously , thus awakening their own original roots, regardless of their ethnicity "

Kupíha'ute-Itzpapalotl pieces are fraught with symbolism, as their performances have a deep meaning, expressing not only the mythological legends Wixárika people but of all Aboriginal peoples Nawatlán. His art is a unique way to spread the ancestral legacy that lives its ancient memory, is a mirror that reflects likewise originating and ancestral roots of the beholder.

A key aspect of genuine Wixárika Art is the creation of individual designs without a predetermined pattern, without a preconceived idea, so that the unconscious is the source from which emerge the archetypal messages that awaken the original memory of both the artist and viewer.

The original Wixárika Art is a process of continuous transformation that direct the artist and the viewer to become what one is.

Wixárika Art is a mirror, a Nierika or Mandala, where the artist and the viewer come together to awaken, know and enjoy their common roots that identifies them as inhabitants of our Earth.

The particular process of creating the essential Wixárika Art then generates unique works without repetition possible genuine ritual offerings through which our ethnic roots survive enrich our way of life, leading us to fulfill our destiny is to become the ancestors most fertile and generous as possible.

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