Acquired from a private collection out of Arizona. Originally collected 15-20 years ago in Puerto Vallarta. The Huichol live in the northern part of the states of Nayarit and Jalisco and in the southern parts of Durango and Zacatecas, Mexico. The beaded art is a wooden form covered with beeswax, and then one by one, the beads are picked up by a long needle and placed in the wax. This is a very intricate work of art. This image includes a snake, which are believed to function as intermediaries between humans and the spirit world. They instruct shamans to become healers. The snakes are also associated with the Rain Goddess. The Huichols believe that rain itself consists of millions of small snakes. They are valued for their work in the corn fields where they eat the rodents and pests harmful for the corn harvest. The Huichol think of their shamans as ambassadors to the gods. Mara'akame, as they are called, are spiritual leaders. They preside over ceremonies, recite the divine messages, cure the sick, make rain, interpret dreams, sanctify the hunt, etc. Shamans are believed to have supernatural powers and insights into the metaphysical world that is considered out of reach for normal humans. A dog is also pictured in the boat with the shaman. Dogs represent the Ancestral Mother. In Huichol art, the color green represents heaven; the color blue represents the South, the Pacific Ocean, rain and water.