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José Benítez Sánchez, known in the Huichol language as Yucauye Cucame, or "Silent Walker" was born in 1938 on a ranch called San Pablito, in Nayarit. His religious tradition and family ties link him to the Huichol sub-group of Wautüa (the community of San Sebastián Teponohuaztlán).

José Benítez came to be recognized as an undisputed master of original dramatic compositions, and his knowledge of the culture was respected by scores of other specialists in this medium by 1971. He remains unsurpassed in the fertility and inventiveness of his art over the long span of his still-evolving career.

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José Benítez Sánchez passed away on July 1, 2009.





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Our Elder Brother Kauyumari's Nierika
José Benítez Sánchez
1974
Size: 1.22 x 1.22m.

Our Mother Messenger of Rains Releases Serpents from Her Hair
José Benítez Sánchez
1980,
Size: 1.22m. x 1.22m.

Our Mother the Coiled Serpent of Corn Gruel
José Benítez Sánchez
1980,
Size: 1.22 x 1.22 m
The Ancestor Spirits Rise to the Surface of the Earth
José Benítez Sánchez
1974,
Size:1.22 x 1.22 m

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