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The nierika is represented among the Huichol Indians of northwestern Mexico as a focal point on which powerful beings concentrate their energy. This may be as primordial as a well-crafted deer snare that induces the sacred animal’s willing self-immolation. It can be a symbolic spider’s web or threads attached to a wooden loop. Nierikate (plural) are holes penetrating the caves of the heart of darkness in the deep canyons and the crater of Burnt Peak, where Our Father rises from the underworld at dawn. 


The following exhibit can be applied not only to Wixárika (Huichol) but to any indigenous language, and is particularly dedicated to those indigenous languages in danger of becoming extinct. Only due to contextual and regional reasons have we decided to describe it and compare it in this manner. Furthermore, we are not trying to say that the Wixárika language is inferior to Spanish, to the contrary, we intend to make a fitting reflection regarding the preservation of indigenous languages. Let us thus begin.


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Wirikuta I ~ Juan Ríos Martínez

Our Elder Brother Blue Deer, Tamatsí Maxayuawi, the hummingbird, tipina, and Our Mother Young Eagle Girl, Tateí Werika Wimari, entered the land of Wirikuta. The maize, the arrow and the bowl have been blessed with the blood of the deer and Our Elder Brother has taken them to their corresponding spots. Thus the corn was made more fertile, the arrow was turned into a conveyor of messages and the gourd bowl became a recipient of visions and a vessel of prayers directed to Our Mothers of Rain in particular.

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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.