Arte Magico Huichol
Arte Magico Huichol
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 48310
Arte Magico Huichol Description
The Huichol were the native tribe who originally inhabited Banderas Bay before the Spanish conquered Mexico, and their culture and art continues in vibrant traditions today. What's wonderful about Huichol art and craftsmanship is that it's perfect for kids, since the subjects are primarily animals. The bright colors and paintaking beadwork are easily appreciated even by toddlers, and kids will love trying to guess some of the animal subjects, which don't resemble any they're familiar with. Huichol galleries and stores are all over downtown Puerto Vallarta, but many are tourist traps, and the proceeds don't go to the craftsman who made the work. Arte Magico Huichol displays the world's largest permanent collection of Huichol masks, beadwork, and tapestries, and shows the work of modern Huichol master artists.
Toddlers & Pre-K: A quick pass is all you're going to manage with little ones; point out the coyotes, snakes, turtles and other recognizable animals, then make a getaway before they get restless and the gallery managers become nervous.
School-Age Kids: If your kids love art class, then theses statues and paintings will be much appreciated. Let them have a chance to look at the art close-up; you may even want to call over one of the managers, who can explain the symbolism of some of the oft-used design motifs, such as the peyote flower.
Pre-Teens & Teens: Older preteens and teens may wish to buy souvenirs for friends here, and Huichol statues and crafts make great gifts. But they are very delicate, particularly the beadwork, so to avoid disappointment and frustration, make sure everything's carefully wrapped. Hint: You may wish to have your kids give you their packages to transport for the rest of the day.
- Art lovers may wish to split up. Huichol art is delicate, the beads easily disturbed, so if you have rambunctious toddlers, a quick visit may be all they can handle. If one of you is an art lover, this might be a good time to split up and trade off, so you have a chance to really study and appreciate the intricate workmanship.
Just the Facts
Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily
Recommended Time: Less than 1 hour