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Closing of Sacred Plants in the Americas Conference. Photo Courtesy Chacruna Archives, 2018.

In April, I joined the two-day Psychedelic Liberty Summit, where the voices of several Indigenous participants from Colombia, Brazil, and several tribal nations in the United States discussed their concerns over the parallel trends in decriminalization efforts and the expansion of the use of sacred plant medicines. These medicines and the cultural practices that have sustained their safe and sustainable use are now, more than ever, being consumed by a global public, and many Indigenous peoples argue that these plants and their spiritual practices are being appropriated while their native territories continue to be encroached upon for other global consumption items like minerals, fuel, and beef.

Huichols & Pesticides is a film that documents, through witnesses, reports and persuasive images, the indiscriminate use of pesticides in the tobacco fields, and the poisonings, and even deaths, resulting from the use of agrochemicals.

Directed by Patricia Díaz Romo

Narrated by Peter Coyote

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Tatéi Yurienaka, Our Mother Fertile Earth, Lucía Lemus de la Cruz 1981

Mother Earth sees you with her nierika, an instrument of insight that serves as a mirror and shield, represented here in its totality. The nierika is also an offering made with yarn, beads, coins and other materials. The rays symbolize the words of our mother that, according to the artist, "speaks to you, but you caqnnot understand". The lightning, mimierika, are the words of the earth.

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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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