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Peter T. Furst, professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies, SUNY Albany focuses on his experiences with the Huichol pilgrimage in this lecture. Once a year, groups of Huichols embark on the 300-mile peyote pilgrimage from their homes in the Sierra Madre Occidental to the north-central state of San Luis Potosi. Furst discusses how the Huichols hunt the sacred peyote, a small spineless hallucinogenic cactus that for them combines deer, maize and the peyote itself.
C. Jill Grady, research associate at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe discusses the documentation by Western scholars of peyote use in the New World and its implications for Huichol cultural history.
Listen to lecture at: Huichol Art and Culture: Balancing the World.
The lecture is part of the Fall 2010 Anthropology Colloquium at UNM. It is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, and the Anthropology Graduate Student Union.