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What is a Huichol Bracelet?
A bracelet called Huichol is authentic and made by the Huichol Indians. A Huichol-Style bracelet could be made by any of a number of other tribes in Mexico or Central or South American in the Huichol style. We do our best to indicate which are which in our listings.
Many of the Huichol bracelets were purchased in person in Nayarit, Mexico. Others were purchased in the USA from established Huichol dealers. Those that can not be verified will be called Huichol-Style.
Fit of a Huichol Bracelet.
Note that some Huichol bracelets have a second place where they can be "buttoned" about 1/2" shorter. These bracelets are meant to be worn snugly as a second skin so it's generally a good idea to choose one that is equal to your wrist size. But if you like your bracelets loose, then purchase a larger size.
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 America 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.