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Yvonne Negrín and Matsiwa de la Cruz reviewing slides. Photo ©Vanessa Sequieros 2017
02/28/2018

As this year draws to an end we want to thank all of you who supported our projects this past year and made possible the work we accomplished with our special visitors, Matsiwa De la Cruz and Aukwe García Mijarez. More than at any other time, our mission at the Wixárika Research Center is to continue to build a rich archive of Wixárika history, culture and territory alongside our continued support of select initiatives that strengthen Wixárika autonomy. In this light, and given the enormity of threats that continue to affect Wixárika land and culture, we are happy to share some of our most important developments of the year.

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Aukwe Mijarez Garcia
07/31/2017

Queridos amigos y partidarios, 

Durante los años, el Centro de Investigación Wixárika ha tenido el privilegio de invitar distintas personas a trabajar en el extenso registro que Juan e Yvonne Negrín coleccionaron durante más de 40 años de trabajo con miembros destacados diversas comunidades Wixáritari. Entre otras cosas, estos materiales consisten de una extraordinaria colección de tablas de estambre, de las cuales cada una viene acompañada de grabaciones de audio entre el artista y Juan discutiendo el simbolismo y narrativas del trabajo. Con eso dicho, estos materiales consisten de mucho más que la colección de arte y continuamos encontrando a estudiantes interesados que pueden ayudarnos con el proceso de digitalizar y catalogar los materiales para hacerlos disponibles al público. 

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Visions Huichol: Un art amérindien du Mexique - Michel Perrin
04/02/2016

The Wixárika Research Center maintains an online world-class archive of Wixárika (Huichol) indigenous art and culture to educate the public about this unique and extraordinary culture. Through the foundation's Web site, we raise public awareness about the challenges these indigenous people are facing today due to their rapidly changing environment. It is our hope that the website will amplify their voices and add weight to their opinions and concerns.

Solar oven under construction
05/01/2014

During the past year we have been kept busy with our renewed activities in the field. In June of 2013, we received a generous grant from Lush Cosmetics to help us finance the building of a wood drying solar oven for the independent (autonomous) preparatory school, located in the community of Tuapurie (Santa Catarina Cuexcomatitlán). Building the solar oven...

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Tuapurie's Tamatsi Paritsika's Preparatory School.
12/01/2012

As we approach the close of 2012, we look back on an eventful year with much news to report. Aside from our continued efforts to help protect Wirikuta from the devastation of mining and industrial agriculture, we have also taken on the challenge of reviving the carpentry and weaving workshops in the sierras with the addition of solar energy and have increased our work on the preservation of the archives. Below is an update on our activities and our goals for 2013.

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Santos de la Cruz and Filipe Serio at the UN Forum on Indigenous Peoples
03/30/2012

Wirikuta Update: Since our last newsletter in April of 2011, the Wixárika Council for the Defense of Wirikuta and the Front in Defense of Wirikuta[1] have continued actively opposing mining and agro-industry in Wirikuta. At the time of our last newsletter, our efforts were mainly focused on the concessions granted to Canada’s First Majestic Silver Corporation, in the area of Real de Catorce. As we wrote last year, this project which has since been renamed Project La Luz, consists of 22 mining concessions covering an area of 6,326.58 hectares of which 70%  are located within the Wirikuta protected reserve. Since that time, one of the biggest threats to come to light is that of another Canadian corporation, Revolution Resources, which has purchased concessions in the heart of Wirikuta. This project, named El Proyecto Universo, has plans to exploit 59,678 hectares inside the protected area of the Wirikuta reserve. 

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Meeting in Real de Catorce
04/01/2011

For the past seven months the Wixárika traditional and agrarian authorities have been actively working to bring about the cancellation of the 22 mining concessions granted to First Majestic Silver Corporation of Canada. For those of you who have not been following this news, the concessions total 6,327 hectares of which 70% are within the protected Wirikuta Pilgrimage Route and Reserve.

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Marcella Sandoval and an example of her fine embroidery.
04/15/2010

La crisis que está viviendo México como resultado del aumento continuo de violencia entre cárteles rivales de narcotráfico y las fuerzas armadas del estado afecta cada vez más a pueblos indígenas quienes han visto sus territorios invadidos por estas fuerzas armadas adversarias. Desafortunadamente, comunidades wixaritari no son ninguna excepción a este fenómeno.

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Illegal road cutting through the Community of Tuapurie
01/02/2009

Last year our efforts to set up an effective bilingual website that reached out to a Spanish public bore fruits. Not surprisingly some of these people are the first generation of grass roots Huichol who have access...

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Illegal road penetrating the community of Tuapurie
08/01/2008

En junio de este año, Juan y Diana Negrín regresaron a Guadalajara y a la región wixárika para seguir con sus investigaciones respectivas y enterarse de las novedades sobre la disputa que continúa entre la comunidad de Santa Catarina Cuexcomatitlán, o Tuapurie, y el gobierno (ver nuestro informe de marzo 2008). Aunque el tramo de la carretera Amatitlán-Bolaños-Huejuquilla el Alto que pasa por territorio wixárika ha sido formalmente clausurado, el plantón que comenzó el 10 de febrero, 2008 en Awatsaitüa o Ciénega de los Caballos permanece en rigor mientras que siga sin resolverse el tema de las indemnizaciones por los daños ecológicos y culturales causados por la obra estatal. La construcción ilegal de la carretera no es el único asunto que han tenido que denunciar miembros de Tuapurie en los últimos meses. 

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Nicho's grandchildren - Foto ©Diana Negrín 2008
08/15/2007

Our Trip to the Sierras

In late June of this year I joined my husband and our daughter Diana and traveled to the sierras for a visit with friends and our now grown Godchildren. Juan has returned to the sierras on a yearly basis and Diana has often accompanied him but this was my first trip in quite a few years. The rains had already begun and made some of our trip difficult although in general we were blessed with fairly clear skies during daylight hours and a couple of dry days prior to our departure which made our trip back to Guadalajara uneventful.