Noticias

Wixarika delegation organizers say: "Save Wirikuta: The Sacred Heart of Mexico" [Gabriela Delgadillo/Al Jazeera]
10/28/2011

The context seems like a movie script, but it's deadly serious to the Wixarika, whose core cultural practice for more than a thousand years has consisted of regular pilgrimages to Wirikuta, the birthplace of the sun: a magical desert where the balance of life on Earth is maintained through a sacred cactus that carries the wisdom of a blue deer.

05/19/2011

Video of Santos de la Cruz' speech at the United Nations Forum on Indigenous People.

05/14/2011

By now, the delegate of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) in San Luis Potosi, Joel Navarro Milan, was forced to declare that neither First Majestic Silver nor Pietro Sutti have filed formal requests nor submitted environmental impact statements (MIA): "Semarnat so far does not have recorded any project or request by the companies, because to do so they must first have an environmental impact study, but there is no record that they have done it" (The Express, St. Louis, April 8 2011).

04/01/2011

Located in the state of San Luis Potosi, Wirikuta is one of the most biologically rich and diverse deserts in the world. In 1994 it was decreed “a Site of Cultural and Historic Heritage and an Area under Ecological Conservation”; in the year 2000 the protected area was expanded to 140 thousand hectares; and in 2001 it was declared a Sacred Natural Site by UNESCO. There is also a bird sanctuary in Wirikuta. In spite of this, it is currently under siege by First Majestic Silver, a Vancouver-based mining company that paid 3 million dollars to obtain 22 mining concessions in the area.

03/05/2011

Así lo denunciaron en entrevista con La Jornada representantes del pueblo wixárika, quienes preparan una serie de acciones para rechazar las actividades de la compañía minera. El pasado jueves ya realizaron una visita al Senado para externar su inconformidad.

Santos Carillo de la Cruz, a Wixaritari leader, at Real de Catorce, Wirikuta.
03/02/2011

The Huichol believe a god appeared here in the form of a deer. With his antlers he first raised the sun into the heavens. So each year the Huichol trek across 800 kilometres of arid wilderness to their sacred summit Leunar. There they eat a sacred cactus and pray “that our ancient culture does not disappear. . . and the candles of life that give meaning to our identity are renewed.”

Reunión de wixaritari y miembros de la Iglesia Nativa Americana - Fotógrafia ©Tracy Barnett 2011
02/17/2011

Una delegación de comisionados del Pueblo Wixarika viajaron desde sus comunidades en la sierra de Jalisco, Durango y Nayarit hasta este pueblito en Mirando City, Texas, para asistir a La Convención Internacional de la Iglesia Nativa Americana; una unión de pueblos indígenas de Estados Unidos dedicados a la conservación del derecho al uso tradicional de la planta sagrada del peyote, o la medicina como ellos la nombran.

Xitaima and son in Wirikuta - Photograph ©Juan Negrín 1978 - 2018
01/03/2011

Despite Wirikuta’s protected status and its designation as a UNESCO Historic and Cultural Heritage Site, the Mexican government granted 22 mining concessions covering 15,631 acres to the Canadian mining company. Seventy percent of these concessions lie within the Wirikuta protected area.

Tuimayau ~ ©Juan Negrín 1990
01/01/2011

Wirikuta es uno de los sitios sagrados naturales más importantes del pueblo indígena Wixarika (huichol), y del mundo. El pueblo Wixarika (huichol) habita en Jalisco, Nayarit y Durango, y es reconocido por haber conservado su identidad espiritual y continuar practicando su tradición cultural y religiosa desde hace más de miles de años. En Wirikuta se originó la Creación, y es el territorio a donde peregrinan las distintas comunidades del pueblo Wixarika, recreando el recorrido que hicieron sus antepasados espirituales. Allí se teje y se sostiene la esencia de la vida del planeta. En este desierto brota el peyote o jícuri, cactus que los wixaritari (huicholes) ingieren ritualmente para recibir el “don de ver”.

Maude Barlow atop Cerro Quemado with Santos de la Cruz 2010
12/31/2010

Canadian mining corporations were not necessarily directly responsible for the deaths and acts of intimidation and violence, but some of them were carried out by company security personnel and current or former employees. So it may be the case that the implicated companies are not legally liable, but alongside the local elites and states that license and promote extractive activities, they at the least bear a moral responsibility for creating the situations of conflict in which assassinations and other acts of violence take place.