- Peyote comes from a small, spineless cactus that produces the psychedelic compound, mescaline.
- The Spanish word peyote translates into glistening.
- In the Nahuatl language peyote means Divine Messenger.
- Native Americans have used peyote in their spiritual ceremonies for at least 5,500 years.
- This cactus is native to Mexico and Southern Texas.
- It blossoms from March – May, sometimes blooming into September.
- The flowers are pink, white, yellowish, or reddish in color.
- After blooming, a small pink fruit appears. This is edible and contains black, pear-shaped seeds.
- The plant produces little buttons that contain hallucinogenic properties. These are chewed or boiled to make a bitter tea.
- Native Americans also use peyote for medicinal purposes: fevers, tooth complaints, skin diseases, rheumatism, colds, diabetes, and to aid in childbirth.
- During religious ceremonies this plant is said to induce a mystical experience, whereby the users feel a special connection to God – the Great Mystery.
- Peyote is both a practical and a spiritual medicine.
Hallucinogens.com, “Peyote,” at http://hallucinogens.com/peyote/
Native American Churches, “The Sacrament (Peyote) Ceremony,” at https://nativeamericanchurches.org/the-sacrament-peyote-ceremony/
Wikipedia, “Peyote,” at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peyote
Dreamcatchers are magical nets modelled on spider webs, originally made from willow hoops by the Ojibwe people.
They are hung over infant cradleboards to protect the child, capturing and containing any harm carried in the air.
What is the meaning of PURPLE?
PURPLE is the sacred color.
It represents power.
It is associated with mystery and magic.
PURPLE is not used for war paint or face paint.
This color is produced from cornflowers, hibiscus, and blueberries.
What is the meaning of BLUE?
BLUE is the color of wisdom and intuition.
It represents confidence.
BLUE is associated with the sky, rivers, lakes, and water.
This coloring is made from duck manure, clay, sunflower seeds, flowers, and powdered lapis .
What is the meaning of GREEN?
GREEN is the color of endurance.
It represents harmony with nature and healing.
It improves vision.
GREEN has associations with the earth, plants, hills, summer, and rain.
This color paint is made from flowers, moss, algae, and berries.
What is the meaning of YELLOW?
YELLOW is a symbol of heroism and willingness to fight to the death.
It represents intellect.
It shows determination.
YELLOW indicates that a person led a good life.
This color paint is made from the paste of the annatto bush.
What is the meaning of WHITE?
WHITE is the color of mourning, with its promise of light, peace, and happiness.
It also represents winter and snow.
It symbolizes purity. It shows sharing.
WHITE demonstrates peace when used as a face paint.
This color is made from egg shells, clay, sea shells, limestone, and ground gypsum.