Welcome to Peyote People, my name is Kevin and together with my wife Beatriz we run a small gallery in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico that works directly with the Huichol Indians that live in San Andres Cohamiata, Jalisco. Over the last 10years we have developed very close relationships with a number of Huichol families. Unlike most who buy their art in the city, we like to actually fly up into the Sierra to observe their ceremonies and rituals and take them supplies like the carvings that they use and new glass beads with irridescent colors that we import for our artists to work with. We believe that the artist is just as valuble as the art; every piece that we sell is marked with the artist name and has a stamp that states their tribal affiliation which adheres to the 1991 Indian Arts and Crafts Act.
Huichol Indian Hand Beaded Carved Bowl Using Glass Beads that measures 4″ tall 7″ in diameter
Santos Bautista is not just another Huichol bead artist, he was one of the pioneers of the bead art and is the winner of the 2009 FONART Competition as best Huichol Bead Artist. This exclusive signature series of bead art was done with new iridescent and metalic glass beads that are imported by us for only the best artists like Santos Bautista to work with. The iridescent beads are much more subtle than the commercial primary color beads, unfortunately the photos don’t do them justice!!
Huichol art abounds today in places like ebay, as well as tourist towns like Puerto Vallarta. A simple google search will bring up more web sites than there are Huichol!! The true art however is very difficult to find. It does not come from Huichol that live in the city, but rather those who actually live in the sierra, those who are involved in doing the ceremonies and rituals that make up what it means to be Huichol. Santos Bautista is the son of Jose Bautista and grandson of Antonio Bautista one of the pioneers of Huichol art in the 1960’s. Because of their experience we have imported new Czech glass beads with metalic and iridescent colors for Santos to work with. The new colors not only give Santos a softer touch than the harsh primary colors that abound in the market but add a level of detail that seperate his work from the rest of the artists. Most commercial art is made up of sybols which at times can be like quilting or patchwork patterns while Santos work tends to use the piece as a whole and it flows or has motion to it.
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Please feel free to write us if you have any questions regarding any of the pieces in our collection or the Huichol that we work with. Peyote People has been recognized by the Huichol Traditional Government of San Andres Cohamiata for its work in the community and started a Fair Trade co-operative that promotes cultural authenticity by working with Huichol that actually live in the Sierra and are actively involved in the presvation of their cultures traditions.