People of the Peyote by Stacy B. Schaefer
Huichol Indian History, Religion, and Survival

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People of the Peyote explores the Huichol Indians of Mexico, who are best known for their worship of the peyote cactus. Ritually harvested each year, the peyote flower plays a central role in most Huichol observances of the annual ceremonial round. The Huichols have been the most culturally persistent indigenous group in Mexico and have maintained their pre-Christian religion with only minimal accommodation to Catholicism. Eighteen essays explore Huichol ethnography, ethnohistory, shamanism, religion, mythology, art, ethnobotany, society, and other topics. The authors, including Huichol contributors, are an international array of scholars on the Huichols and indigenous peoples of Mexico.

 

About Stacy B. Schaefer

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Schaefer is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Texas in Edinburg Furst is Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Adjunct Professor in the university's Department of Anthropology, and a member of its Latin American Studies faculty.
 
Published September 1, 1996 by Univ of New Mexico Pr. 560 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction
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