The Huichol are an indigenous people of Mexico living in the Free State of Jalisco in the Sierra Madre Occidental Range. They are best known to the wider world as the Huichol, however, they refer to themselves as Wixáritari, 'The people' in their native Huichol language. The Huichol have always been a very industrious and creative people especially in the making of their unique yarn paintings but recently, with more readily available raw materials, they have turned those skills to the production of artifacts for sale. Perhaps the most renowned of these are the skulls they make to loosen the grip of death. These skulls display the extraordinary ability of the maker and have become appreciated as collectable items around the world as people get acquainted with the idea of death being potentially as beautiful as birth.
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