Yesterday was Day 54 of the Papa’s Walk Challenge.
Yesterday, I walked around Shoreline Lake in Mountain View, California. I noticed a large group of children who were participating in a summer camp near the aquatic center. There were about 30 kids (ages 8-12) sitting on the lawn. I was surprised that they were all so quiet. As I passed them, I understood why. Each child was focused on creating a “God’s Eye” craft.
You’ve probably seen these colorful, diamond-shaped figures made by wrapping multi-colored yarn around two sticks.
The God’s Eye or Ojo de Dios (as the Spanish call it) is an ancient symbol that was made by the Huichol Indians of Mexico. Traditionally, a central eye was made when a child was born. Additional yarn was added each year until completed, when the child turned five years old.
The Oklahoma History Society explains that the Huichol (descendants of the Aztecs) believed that crafting the object was a way to get in touch with the spiritual world to seek protection from the uncertainties of the future. Through the trinket, they thought a god might keep a watchful eye over the person for whom it was made.
God’s Eyes are simple to make and are a great family craft. Aunt Annie’s Crafts provides full instructions and illustrations.
At YouTube you can watch a ten-minute video demonstration by a boy on how to make a “God’s Eye.”