This piece is a hand hammered silver necklace. It carries ten segments of deer horn, drilled to the center, representing “sacred caves”.
“Tatewarita” is a sacred cave. For the Wixaritári (huicholes), it is a sacred site where “our fire grandfather” dwells. The cave takes offerings, such as corn and sage leaves, that light up to “cleanse the place with this smoke of evil spirits.”
The cave symbolizes creation. Considered to be the uterus of the earth where the gods and men arose. The cave has fertility connotations where ceremonies are held. Currently, terrestrial cavities are considered to be accesses to the underworld and the place of link between deities and humans.
The pieces in the MAXA collection are unique; each piece of antler (deer horn) that makes it up is different in each piece, varying in size, shape, color, and texture. This is part of its charm. MAXA stands for “deer” in the Wixaritári language.
We use the deer antler velvet without damaging the species, since the male deer removes its antlers annually. This prompts us to support their harvesting, being an income for the low-income country communities of northern Mexico. For this reason, they protect and keep the species alive.