Wixarika News

Mezquite pod ~ Photograph ©Diana Negrín 2023

A mesquite tree with its pods--Photograph by Yolitzma Rebollar 2023


From July 12th through July 14th, 2023, a third face-to-face meeting was held in the Las Margaritas ejido with the participation of various organizations and with the purpose of promoting the ecological, economic, and social well-being of the Altiplano Potosi, also known as Wirikuta to the Wixárika people.

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Portada Hikuri a demanda ~ ©Perimetral 2023

“Desde que me acuerdo he vivido muchas ceremonias pero el recuerdo más viejo que tengo, era muy niña: iban llegando los peregrinos y mi papá masticó algo, lo escupió en el centro de mi cabeza, pensé que era hikuri pero era otra raíz sagrada porque traen muchas raíces, era para fortalecer mi energía; 

Annual Fundraiser with Wixárika Students ~ March 16, 2023

Annual Fundraiser Series 2023




Wixárika land defender and attorney Santos de la Cruz Carrillo in 2010, at the beginning of the fight to defend the sacred desert of the Wirikuta from Canadian mining. (Tracy L. Barnett)

This past weekend was an intense and frightening one for many here in Western Mexico — at least among the people who care about the land and Indigenous people: high-profile Wixárika land defender and attorney Santos de la Cruz Carrillo had disappeared on Friday along with his wife and two children, including a three-month-old baby. 

Santos de la Cruz ~ Fotografía ©Espansión Política

Luego de que integrantes de la comunidad wixárika de Bancos de Calitique, en el municipio de Mezquital, Durango, iniciaran movilizaciones para exigir la aparición con vida del defensor y abogado Santos de la Cruz Carrillo, su esposa y dos de sus hijos, la Fiscalía General de Nayarit informó en las primeras horas de este domingo que los cuatro fueron localizados con vida y con buen estado de salud.

Presentación del libro Grandes Maestros del Arte Wixárika - INAH Tepic

El Centro INAH Nayarit, el Museo Regional de Nayarit y el XLII Ayuntamiento de Tepic invitan a la presentación del libro.



Peyote being picked in the sacred territory of Wirikuta, Mexico | Camille Pelloux. All rights reserved

When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in Mexico half a millennium ago, they sought to convince Indigenous people that consumption of peyote, an inconspicuous cactus that contains the psychedelic drug mescaline, was akin to devil worship.

San Sebastián's Historic Vote ~ Foto Wixárika.mx

After four years of struggle, the Wixárika community of San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán in Mezquitic, Jalisco, will directly receive federal resources to manage amongst themselves without the intervention of local officials or political parties. And they will do so with women at the table under an agreement of gender parity, a rarity among Indigenous governments and, indeed, governments in general.


The Caravan arriving at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City hoisting the Mexican flag and the banner of its territory, San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán. Photo – Werika Yuawi Hernández

“We are here to reaffirm that we are still standing, resisting, defending what belongs to us.”

Sitlali Chino Carrillo

“AMLO, PRESIDENT, WE ASK FOR AN AUDIENCE.” The caravan makes its way along the highways of Zapópan on the outskirts of Guadalajara - Photograph ©Tracy Barnett 2022

Mothers pushing baby carriages, grandmothers and grandfathers in their 70s and even a man in a wheelchair joined the ranks of the 200 Indigenous Wixárika people making their way nearly 1,000 kilometers along the sweltering highways of México in a generations-long battle to recover their stolen lands. The Wixárika Caravan for Dignity and Justice departed from the Western Sierra Madre on April 25 and has been walking ever since, camping alongside the highway and rising at dawn to carry on.