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These are Huichol Style Bracelets - origin unknown.
When we state a bracelet is 7" long that means from the tip of the ball to the tip of the loop is 7" and that bracelet would fit a 7" wrist. Now note that some Huichol bracelets have a second place where they can be "buttoned" about 1/2" shorter. So with those types, there is a bit of adjustment available. Generally, though choose one that is equal in length to your wrist size - these are meant to be worn as a second skin. But if you like your bracelets loose, then you will have to purchase a larger size.
When a bracelet is called Huichol, it is authentic and made by the Huichol Indians.
When it is called Huichol Style, it means it could be made by any of a number of other tribes in Mexico or Central or South American in the Huichol style.
do our best to indicate which are which in our listings. Many of these were purchased
in person in Nayarit, Mexico. Others were purchased in the US from established
Huichol dealers. Others that can not be verified will be called Huichol Style.
The Huichol (pronounced Wee-chul) Indians live in central Mexico in the Sierra Madres in an area that covers parts of the states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Zacatecas, and Durango.
About 15,000 Huichols comprise today's small tribe that is said to be the last tribe in North American that has maintained its pre-Columbian traditions.
The Huichols are a farming society that used shamans and healers as they have for generations. Ceremonies and mythology play a large role in their life and in their art which has become more available in recent years. They are very well known for their yarn paintings (where yarn is pressed into warm wax), beaded masks, bowls, and animal sculptures and beaded bracelets and medicine pouches. A main theme to their art is peyote, the hallucinogenic cactus that is a sacrament in their ceremonies.
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