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Restoration of the Wixárika Worldview

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The Nierika painting attributed to the shaman artist José Benítez Sánchez (1938-2009), shows colorful and symmetrical elements that are part of the wixárika worldview, such as the double-headed snake, deer, corn cobs, geometrical figures and fitomorphs.

The restoration is being done by the professors and students of the Seminar Workshop of Restoration of Modern and Contemporary Art (STRAMC) of the National School of Conservation, Restoration and Museography (ENCRyM) of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

The piece is on display at the Regional Museum of Nayarit until April 8.

The term nierika is etymologically rooted in the verb nieriya, “to see.” Nierika are found in Huichol and Tepehuans’ most sacred places: house shrines (xiriki), springs, caves and temples. – Wikipedia



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