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Yarn Painting of Barbara Myerhoff Receiving the Name of a Sacred Peyote-Seeker

Yarn Painting of Barbara Myerhoff Receiving the Name of a Sacred Peyote-Seeker

"When we started out for Wirikuta, I was called Yoawina 'Uimari, growing Purple Maize Girl, an affectionate but not especially sacred appellation. During the peyote hunt, Ramon endowed Furst and me with the more sacred peyote-seeker names...indicating our changed status as a result of our incorporation into a state of unity with the others....

"Tsinurawe [her new name], translated as "eyebrow of the peyote," refers to the hairlike fuzz on the center of each peyote button which "senses" the ritual condition of the seeker.

Notes:

1. Barbara Myerhoff, Peyote Hunt: the Sacred Journey of the Huichol Indians (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1974) 128-130.

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