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Round Table Discussion - September 11th & 12th 2020. Since the mining concessions were announced in 70% of the Wirikuta Natural Protected Area, a sacred territory for the Wixárika people and peasant peoples, a diverse and complex transnational struggle has been articulated. We want to reflect on what has been achieved, what the threats continue to be and how we can collectively work to defend this sacred land...

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Hikuri / Peyote ~ Photograph ©Tracy Barnett

Pronouncement of the Wixárika Regional Council for the Defense of Wirikuta ~ Wednesday, May 13, 2020 ~ Tuxpan de Bolaños, Jalisco, Mexico

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The Universal Aspect of Tamatsí Kauyumarie ~ José Benítez Sánchez 1972

Here we see Tamatsí Kauyumarie. His body is filled with words of all kinds, of chants and of prayers. He received all of the words of the Ancestors, that represent an all-encompassing understanding of what occurs in this world, and only he has travelled throughout the world. He did not require study to become a ma’arakame, for this gift was born from within himself, within his own body. He knows well all that we say and what the gods say. He knows how many gods exist and what they require daily. In truth, this “man” knows everything and does everything.

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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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