The “Huichol” region sits on the spine of the Sierra Madre Occidental in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. Divided into five large communities, each of them has its own autonomy, civil and religious authorities. The Huichol people inhabit in the municipalities of Mezquitic and Bolaños, (north of the state of Jalisco, Mexico) and La Yesca and Nayar (in the state of Nayarit), also there are minority groups in the states of Zacatecas and Durango.
Today approximately 8,000 survive, keeping alive a nature-based and spiritual way of life now long extinct in most parts of the Americas. Due to the encroachment of
Modern World, the core of Huichol traditional life is dissolving, and their ability to sustain their cultural identity is in grave danger.
Sierra del Nayar
In the Sierra del Nayar inhabit the Coras, Huicholes, Tepehuanos and Mexicaneros. Place full of traditions and ancestral customs.
Primarily an agricultural town, the Huichol are dependent on corn, planting their fields is along the steep slopes of the mountains of this region. Corn is the life of the Huichol Indians. The annual cycle of land preparation, planting, growing and harvesting of maize is surrounded by the religious ceremony, like whole Huichol daily life.
Virtually untouched for centuries, Huichol Indians took refuge from the Spanish conquest in the remote Sierra Madre mountain range. The Huichols have no history of war. Rather than training for war, they train their hearts to open to the healing powers of love and to the celebrations of life through the seasons. Because of this, they are famous for their strong ceremonial tradition, rich mythology and incredible visionary artwork.