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This piece of art was created to bring attention to the arts of Mexico and specifically to the arts of the Huichol Indian tribe. The beadwork in the piece is a traditional practice of the tribe; and it features symbols that hold a specific purpose related to Huichol traditions and beliefs associated with their shamanistic religion.

Originally, beads were made from bone, seeds, jade, or other like materials. Now, the Huichols have access to glass beads that come in multiple vibrant colors, allowing the artists to provide more detail to their work.

The Smithsonian Magazine is the official journal published by the Smithsonian Institute. It was first published in 1970 as a magazine "about things in which the Smithsonian is interested, might be interested or ought to be interested in," according to the former secretary of the institution, S. Dillon Ripley.
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