The Peyote-Inspired Art of the Huichol People

Peyote is a cactus which contains mescaline, one of the classic psychedelic chemicals. Native North Americans have been using peyote for religious purposes for around 5,000 years. It is native to southwestern Texas and Mexico. Peyote art, art that is influenced by the visions from the peyote experience, is abundant in the Huichol culture of western central Mexico. The rituals involving peyote feature singing, weeping and making contact with ‘ancestor spirits’. Here are some examples of peyote-influenced art from the Huichol culture:


  1. spyral m
    May 4, 2016 / 11:30 am

    Great site, extraordinary people, the Huichols..

  2. Paul Kirchner
    May 16, 2016 / 5:09 am

    Wonderful art–truly visionary. Thank you for posting.

  3. sam chances
    November 29, 2019 / 11:10 pm

    thanks for sharing.
    lovely pictures.
    looking forward to learning more about Huichol.

  4. Deborah Jensen
    December 28, 2022 / 9:44 pm

    Would love a couple of buttons please. Thankyou

  5. Patti Knox Smith
    May 8, 2024 / 10:17 pm

    Hi, I’m a student of psychedelic facilitation and I’m interested in Huichol art. I’d like to make a presentation about it and other Native American artist who work in this area. Can you recommend any books or articles which give background information.

    • Sam Woolfe
      May 10, 2024 / 10:57 am

      Hi Patti, I don’t know of any books or articles I could recommend. But I did see an impressive collection of Mexican folk art at Casa de los Venados in Valladolid, Mexico, and also at Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City. They might be able to offer some recommendations for reading materials.

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