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Steven Benally is a roadman, or "healer," in the Native American tradition of religious worship. Photo: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

MEXICAN WATER, Ariz. —  For Navajo spiritual leader Steven Benally, saving a Native American religion from extinction means preserving those diminishing lands where hallucinogenic peyote grows wild. “It’s a small but important step toward realizing a prophecy,” said the 61-year-old. Preservation also means battling activists in the California Bay Area and other cities who want to legalize consumption of the psychedelic cactus. “To these outsiders, we say, ‘Leave peyote alone. Please,’” Benally said. “Is that too much to ask?”

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By Dulce García — On March 19, in Matehuala, San Luis Potosí, 50-year-old Paulina Gómez Palacio Escudero was reported missing and on March 22, the Attorney General of Zacatecas confirmed that she was located in the municipality of El Salvador the body of a woman from the neighboring state of San Luis Potosí.

Presentación del católogo Fotografía cortesia de Caile

The catalog "Great Masters of Wixárika Art, Juan Negrín Collection", which includes in its pages modern Wixárika works of art and texts that delve into the collection of the same name, was presented on January 11th by authorities of the Jalisco Ministry of Culture (SC).

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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

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This book was jointly published by the Secretary of Culture for the State of Jalisco, Mexico and the Wixárika Research Center in honor of the Year of Indigenous Languages and to celebrate the exhibit Grandes Maestros del Arte Wixárika: Acervo Negrín at the Museo Cabañas in Guadalajara (June 21, 2019 - January 12, 2020). This is a tri-lingual publication - Spanish, English and Wixárika.

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