Archive & Website
One of the driving motivations that led Juan and Yvonne Negrín to establish the Wixárika Research Center in 2001, was the commitment to consolidate, digitize, and provide public access to more than four decades of material pertaining to Wixárika art, history, territory, and culture. In 2003 we launched our first online archive, and in September 2018, we launched a new website and archive on the Drupal 7 platform, capable of handling the large volume of historical documents from the personal archives, art collection, and library of our founding director, Juan Negrín. In March 2022, we began an upgrade to Drupal 9 and, in the process, we improved on the existing website and archive.
In November of 2023 we launched the present website and online archive, which serves as an important bilingual (English and Spanish) resource for students, educators, and scholars interested in Wixárika culture and territory. Aside from the Negrín archive, we also hope to incorporate the archives of other Wixárika and non-Wixárika scholars and, eventually, provide more Wixarika language content as well.
We believe it is important for the public to have access to information about Wixárika historical and contemporary issues given the often poorly researched or stereotypical information that exists on the internet about Wixarika culture. Of most importance, this online archive is directed for the Wixárika public, especially the younger generation of content creators and for a diversity of educators and students inside and out of Wixarika communal territories. Because this is a cumulative and ongoing project, we look forward to providing expanding access to historical and current materials that range from manuscripts, essays, photography, video, and the arts in general.
We invite you to contact us if you would like to contribute material or content to this project.