Trail of Painted Ponies "Guardian Spirit," 1E/8,370.
Deer and wolves that speak to man, arrows that carry prayers, serpents that bring rain ? are all real in the Huichol Indian belief system. The Huichol live in the Sierra Madre Mountains of central Mexico; and for centuries, these spiritual people have been beading decorative items to use as offerings to the gods. Their world is rich in symbolism and imagination and they encode their spiritual knowledge through their art. The Trail of Painted Ponies was honored when a Huichol couple agreed to create an original Pony intricately beaded with images that represent life and enlightenment.
Item #: 12230
Release Date: Summer 2006
Artist: The Huichol Indians
Size: 6" Tall
Retired: July 2008
Last Number at Retirement: 3E/7146