"The essence of ritual art is to make it without any sketch or model whatsoever so each piece is an original without a possible copy...."
"My name is Kupihaute, which means 'Obsidian Butterfly' in the Huichol language. I was born in 1949 and, since a very early age my passion has always been to look into my roots to hear the voice of my ancestors in order to know my phatway, my destiny. I have the influence of Michoacan from my father's side and from my mother's the legacy of one of the original cultural seeds of the American continent: the Huichol people. Since 1992, together with some other Huichol artists, I organized the Huichol Community in San Blas, Nayarit, in order to share with you our ritual arts as a traditional offering, without middlemen. To participate in the project of Novica.com is a natural convergence that enriches our mission, which is to disseminate our arcane wisdom, our symbolic language, our mystic culture, and our ancestor's legacy, and in this way invite you to look for your own roots to know yourself.
"The essence of ritual art is to make it without any sketch or model whatsoever so each piece is an original without a possible copy, and each piece conveys a traditional story of the Huichol people that rises from our deepest memory, from that common ground where all of us are the same people."
Kupihaute elaborates his designs by applying colorful chaquira beads onto wood or dried guaje gourds - a technique requiring mental patience and a steady hand. The beads are adhered using wax, thus it is important that the works be kept away from strong sources of heat, which could cause the wax to melt and the beads to loosen.