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In the heart of Mexico, the Wirikuta region is not only a territory, but a symbol of spiritual and cultural connections that the Wixárika people (commonly known as Huichol) maintain with the land, a subject that is little talked about, but that it is necessary to know.
As part of our fundraising activities for our Wixarika Scholarship Fund, on Friday March 15, 2024, Kiayerima Marissa López Martínez will be speaking with us about her research and analysis on women’s community level political participation in Wixarika territory. Originally from Wautia, San Sebastián Teponohuaxtlán, Kiayerima holds her undergraduate degree in law and a masters in Feminist Studies and Intervention from the Center for Higher Studies of Mexico and Central America in San Cristóbal, Chiapas.
Let's Listen to Wixárika University Students: Annual Scholarship Fundraiser  We will be joined by two scholarship alumni and two ongoing students, Alessandra (Hariema) González (Communications), Judith Chino (Agronomy), Waritsi López (Design) and Osbaldo Cosío (Medicine) Wednesday February 28, 2024. 5:00 pm (México Centro)/ 3:00 pm (California PST)/ 6:00 pm (Eastern) Access zoom via this link or Facebook Live  https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/95552027968 
TEPIC, Nayarit (OEM-Informex).- En el marco del "Día Internacional de la Lengua Materna" instituido el 21 de febrero por la UNESCO, el coordinador de la "Red para el Fortalecimiento de las Lenguas Indígenas en Nayarit", Tutupika Carrillo de la Cruz, confirmó que las lenguas se van perdiendo con el transcurrir del tiempo. El vocero comentó que aunque las instituciones en la materia han estado realizando actividades para preservar los idiomas, estas no han sido suficientes por lo que se requiere llevar a cabo cambios estructurales en las políticas públicas, para evitar su desaparición.
The 18th through the 20th centuries easily mark one of the most significant periods in human and environmental history, as Western European imperial expansion and settler colonialism incentivized the study and the incorporation of the botanical wonders found in what often came to be labeled as ‘the tropics.’
Cada año, miembros del pueblo Wixárika hacen el peregrinaje de 800km desde San Andrés Cohamiata en la Sierra de Jalisco hasta el desierto semi-árido de San Luis Potosí. Su destino es Wirikuta, un lugar sagrado donde, según sus creencias, el mundo fue creado de una gota de agua.
A group of Wixarika women send a letter to the head of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación, Nemesio Oceguera Cervantes, to ask for his intervention in the wave of violence and extortions in the northern region of Jalisco.
A la izquierda del camino se alza Toniná, la piramide más alta de México. Cuarenta kilómetros de curvas después está la sede que ha elegido el Ejercito Zapatista de Liberación Nacional (EZLN) para recordar su levantamiento armado del 01 de enero de 1994. Viajantes provenientes de diversos lugares de la selva lacandona rumbo al Caracol Resistencia y Rebeldía: Un Nuevo Horizonte.

With all of their wealth, the voices of  Rubí Tsanda Huerta, Nadia Ñuu Savi, Susi Bentzulul, Sitlali Xaurima Chino and Zara Monrroy, here together, are just a small example of the expansiveness, diversity and beauty of a literature that is many literatures at once. 

Read full Spanish article here.

"The recognition and struggle for the rights of rural women to access land remains a great feat for consolidating and guaranteeing equality of conditions. The structural barriers and the discriminatory social norms still limit the power that rural women have to participate en their own communities. " 

Read the full article written by Xaurima Siitlali Chino Carrillo here.

On the first day of autumn, evening temperatures near Window Rock, Arizona, were brisk. Beneath the late September sky, a traditional round hogan in this remote corner of the Navajo Nation was enveloped in darkness. Ten tribal members gathered inside.
This year is quickly drawing to a close and we are happy to share some great news with you all in the hopes that this can lift your spirits and inspire you to continue to support Wixarika undergraduate students. This newsletter is long overdue in part because the Wixarika Research Center has had its hands full launching a new website and online archive. Our new site includes an updated special page dedicated to the Wixarika Scholarship Fund (formerly HSF or Huichol Scholarship Fund), which will include both student profiles and our yearly online application process.
The Indigenous Wixárika community of San Sebastián Teponahuxtlán in Nayarit has recovered 2,585 hectares of its ancestral lands – a quarter of the territory it has been struggling to reclaim for nearly 70 years. The transfer took place peacefully after the Presidential Commission for land restitution assembled to address the dispute negotiated compensation with 13 property owners to return the land to its ancestral inhabitants.

Wenima is her name in Wixarika. María Guadalupe Bautista Díaz is a native of San Miguel Huaixtita and Tuxpan de Bolaños; she graduated July 10, 2023 with a degree in Tourism Design and Administration from the Technological University of Nayarit. She received a scholarship from 2021 to 2023. Currently she is working at the Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo, in La Huerta, Jalisco, where she is initiating workshops on Wixarika culture. Her dream is to return to her community and generate employment via tourism.

 

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. The Wixárika Research Center oversaw general coordination, that included invitations to Wixárika communities and inhabitants of the Altiplano region, as well as some delegates Sonora and Jalisco who were invited to participate to share their environmental work.  
“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; en ese momento me dieron un pedazo bendecido, me lo tenía que comer, recibir, que entrara al cuerpo.
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.