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Lesson Plans

huichol beadwork

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wendy sauls (wsauls)
Fri, 24 Apr 1998 19:32:46

hi all,

i'm wondering if anyone has done any artwork similar to that of the huichol
people in which they create votive type objects (gourd bowls, for example)
covered with beaded designs of visionary and spiritual images. i have
found tons of great cultural info. resources on the net and in the library,
but not much on technique. i have read that basically they cover the work
surface with wax, sap, bug juice, and/or other sticky stuff to adhere the
beads. right now my students and i are learning about the people, history,
and doing some criticism and i am ready to experiment with the studio part
and hopefully refine it to some extent before i try it with my kids. i
have a feeling advice from someone who's attempted this would be
invaluable...i'm having visions of being covered in some superglue like
concoction i formulate and winding up with permanent bead tatoos.

btw, if you're not familiar with the huichol, a native people of mexico, i
and my students are finding their culture and artwork absoulutely
fascinating and we have been very moved learning about their history and
beliefs. we used alta vista to get our net info, with huichol as the
search term.

also, has anyone tried using cloth to make molas(from the cuna people of
panama) with students? i'd love to hear about this, too. seen and heard
lots about paper versions...



Wendy Sauls
Art Teacher, Kanapaha Middle School, Gainesville, FL
Doctoral Student, Art Education, Florida State University
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