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Taller de telares en la comunidad de Tuapurie

En 1982, un escritor francés, Jean-Paul Ribes, viajó a México para escribir un artículo para la revista Actuel1 sobre el chamanismo y los psicotrópicos, tomando a los wixaritari (huicholes) como ejemplo de uno de los últimos pueblos chamánicos vivos. Por entonces, mi padre, Juan Negrín Fetter, figuraba como uno de los principales estudiantes de la cultura y el arte wixárika, por lo cual le llegaban solicitudes por parte de académicos, funcionarios y psiconautas con la esperanza de que él les pudiera facilitar un vínculo con las comunidades wixaritari. Mi padre apenas llevaba unos diez años trabajando con artistas wixaritari en Jalisco y Nayarit, pero en ese lapso de tiempo había logrado crear amistades íntimas con varias familias, asesoró brevemente al Instituto Nacional Indigenista y había unido su interés por el arte con la defensoría territorial de los wixaritari ante la deforestación y otras amenazas contra la autonomía de este pueblo originario. 

This article is a part of Medicine Stories, an exclusive series made possible by a grant from the Elna Vesara Ostern Fund. This is the second story in a series about the traditional medicine of the Wixárika (Huichol) Peoples of Western Mexico. See Part 1, Healing the planet, healing themselves: Wixárika medicine transcends the personal. "We do not want to let them contaminate the sacred places; we want to leave something beautiful for our families, and for them to learn to keep the practice. It is our task that falls to all the communities of Nayarit, Durango, Jalisco. Let us raise and sow that sacred seed, and let our planet not end, so that all that is beautiful remains. Pamparius." Mara’akame José Luis Ramírez “Urraumire”

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Before the Flood - Tutukila Carrillo Sandoval 1973

Life in the world began in the darkness of the Underworld, near the coast.  The land sloped upward with any feature; no rivers or mountains existed.  The wisest beings in those times communicated by telepathic means, they were unable to see each other, and they were called hewixitari.  They were the ancestors (figures left to right in the black area) whose names were Tamatsi Kauyumarie (Our Elder Brother Fawn of the Sun), Tamatsi Maxakuaxí (Our Elder Brother Deer Tail), Takutsi (Our Great Grandmother, the oracular spirit of germination), Tatéi Yurianaka (Our Mother who-feeds-off-her-own-veins-to-live, i.e. fertile earth), and Tatewarí (the patron of tai, fire, whose name means Our Grandfather). The sacred instruments of their powers were kept in their xiriki, the shrine seen at lower left. Painting by Tutukila Carrillo Sandoval 1973