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Huichol shaman featured at Museum of Anthropology Family Day

August 21, 2006

Wake Forest University’s Museum of Anthropology will host a Family Day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. The celebration will feature Huichol shaman and artist Miguel Carrillo Montoya from Nayarit, Mexico. Admission is free.

The event will feature several booths highlighting Huichol games, crafts, storytelling and traditional Mexican snacks and desserts. Participants will have the opportunity to learn the stories behind Huichol yarn pictures with Carrillo. In yarn pictures, strands of brightly-colored yarn are applied to boards thinly coated with beeswax. Other crafts will include making shaman hats, bracelets, God’s eyes and beaded bowls.

The Huichol are an indigenous ethnic group of approximately 15,000 people living in central Mexico in the Sierra Madre Mountains. They are famous for their strong ceremonial tradition, rich mythology and visionary artwork. Huichol shamans teach that people are to unify their natural and spiritual worlds with strength, healing and love through ceremony, sacred dance, vision quest and pilgrimages to places of power in nature.

Carrillo’s appearance at Family Day is co-sponsored by the Museum of Anthropology and the Wake Forest Divinity School.

The museum will be open during Family Day, and the featured exhibit is “Gifts of the Monkey Gods: Maya Crafts from Guatemala.” Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Museum admission is free.

For more information, call (336)758-5282.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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