Seen from above, this bead-covered puma head depicts peyote cactus represents the place of the soul, while the butterflies signify metamorphosis. The deer is a symbol for the soul that is guiding the way to wisdom — the body wisdom or unconsciousness that is represented by the serpent and the mind wisdom that is depicted with the two-headed eagle. In the center of the eagle is a deer head, which signifies the shamanic soul that conveys wisdom through ritual chants. It is a work of Huichol art by Kupihu'ute.
© Erin Cassin, 2006
The Obsidian Butterfly: modern Huichol symbolism