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Higinio Hernandez patiently places each minute bead by hand in the creation of this extraordinary mask. Resplendent in the color and mysticism of Huichol art, it depicts the bright father sun, Taa ta ta. He crowns a face bearing images of jicuri (peyote) and iko (maize), all symbols of deep spiritual connotation essential to the Huichol tradition.
Higinio was very emotionally affected after being abandoned by his mother at the age of four. In his words, "When I was four years old, my mom abandoned me and left me with my dad. I was an only child. Later, he remarried and, when my stepmother arrived, that's where the emotional problems started. She did not treat me like my half-brothers. I always ate last. My dad never noticed. When I was 11 years old, it was so bad that I left home. It was very difficult surviving by myself, although I learned a lot. I went to the city. And later, when I returned to the village, they respected me more. I learned how to handle myself and they see me better. And I help the community. My half brothers respect me now and we have no problems."
Higinio has left a profound impact in his community and has successfully tripled the growth of his endeavor from his first six months at NOVICA.
Higinio passes down traditional techniques to his family in order to preserve the authenticity of each of his Huichol beadwork designs.
Higinio's sales from NOVICA represent the majority of his income. Each purchase makes a profound impact on his family's livelihood.