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Huichol Indian yarn paintings on display

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As part of the Entheobotany Conference in Whistler this weekend, a selection of Huichol Indian art will be on display in the at the conference centre.

The artwork, called yarn painting, is an expression of ceremonial tradition and rich mythology of this fascinating tribe from Mexico. The Huichol Indians live in small, scattered settlements high in the Sierra Madre Mountains. They are perhaps one of the last North American tribes still living much as they did in pre-Columbian times.

The yarn paintings can be viewed and purchased in the atrium of the Whistler Conference Centre May 11-13.

If you’d like to learn more about the artwork and the lives of the Huichol, the Whistler Public Library is hosting an evening with one of the conference attendees, Isobel Jordan. Jordan will share her experiences with the Huichol, including a video illustrating a Huichol shaman playing his sacred music and explaining his yarn painting.

The presentation starts at 7:30, May 15 at the Myrtle Phillip Community Centre.

Museum celebrates

The Whistler Museum and Archives will be offering free admission on Friday, May 18 to celebrate International Museum Day.

The museum, which has a number of displays, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays. It is located next to the Whistler Public Library, at 4329 Main Street.

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