Wixarika News

Fernando Benítez, Otras Inquisiciones, Pablo Cabañas Díaz

Fernando Benítez (1912- 2000), — fue un periodista, antropólogo, escritor, editor, historiador y un distinguido profesor de la Facultad de Ciencias Políticas en donde uno de sus auditorios lleva su nombre—, su obra ha sido poco estudiada en este siglo XXI. Benítez es considerado el “padre del periodismo cultural” en México. Dedicó su vida a esta profesión a partir de los 22 años. Comenzó su labor en Revista de Revistas (1934), donde trabajó dos años; después fue reportero en el periódico El Nacional (1936) y se ocupó de la dirección de este en 1947. Fue director y fundador de los suplementos culturales Revista Mexicana de Cultura (1947), México en la Cultura, en el diario Novedades (1949-1961); La Cultura en México, ¡en la revista Siempre! (1962); Sábado, del Unomásuno (1977), y La Jornada Semanal, de La Jornada (1987). En el campo ensayístico escribió La ruta de Hernán Cortés (1950), La vida criolla en el siglo XVI (1953), Viaje a la Tarahumara (1960), La ruta de la libertad (1960), Lázaro Cárdenas y la Revolución Mexicana (1977), Los primeros mexicanos (1982), Historia de la Ciudad de México (1982), Los demonios en el convento. Sexo y religión en la Nueva España (1985), La nao de China (1989), y como escritor de ficción: El rey viejo (1959) y El agua envenenada (1961). Del periodismo, la antropología y la literatura debido a su vasta labor en la cultura, tarea que emprendió desde una posición marcadamente nacionalista y no ajena a los problemas sociales que enfrentaba el país.

Photograph ©Tracy Barnett

TEOTIHUACÁN, Mexico —  On December 18, Mexico City and neighboring Mexico State entered a weeks-long coronavirus lockdown for the first time since the spring. The next evening, I hid in a sleeping bag surrounded by people vomiting in a small park near the famed Teotihuacán pyramids outside the capital, as dozens consumed the psychedelic peyote cactus at a clandestine ceremony.


Round Table Discussion - September 11th & 12th 2020. Since the mining concessions were announced in 70% of the Wirikuta Natural Protected Area, a sacred territory for the Wixárika people and peasant peoples, a diverse and complex transnational struggle has been articulated. We want to reflect on what has been achieved, what the threats continue to be and how we can collectively work to defend this sacred land...

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Isaías Navarrete Chino con alumnos de pueblo originarios de Norteamérica, 2019

With the right that freedom of expression gives me and the communal statute as a member has given me, I give myself the opportunity to write a personal opinion about the future of the Indigenous Community of San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán and its Annex of Tuxpán, the community that has given me a space in which to live, where to develop myself and that in gratitude I would like to express my sentiments for the space and for Our Mother Earth, Ta Tei Yurienaka.

Bianca America, estudiante del ciclo 2019 - 2020

My name is Bianca América Enríquez López, I am from Bajío del Tule, which is part of the community of San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlan, in the state of Jalisco. I am a proud Indigenous Wixárika woman, and three years ago I moved to Guadalajara in search of new opportunities and to study law (Bianca América (Tanima) Enríquez López is a 2020 law graduate from the Universidad Enrique Rebsamen).

Xóchitl Xitlalic Chanes Aguilar ~ Scholarship recipient 2019 - 2020

Hello, my name is Xóchitl Xitlalic Chanes Aguilar, a student of the Autonomous University of Nayarit, and a native of the Indigenous community of Rosa Morada, Nayarit. In my experience, I think it is important to support Indigenous youth who are low income because sadly we are the most vulnerable population but also one that has the most desire to move ahead.


We are pleased to announce the call for the third generation of scholarships 2020-2021 for Wixárika University students. This scholarship aims to help students with various university-related expenses such as school supplies and books, food, lodging or transportation. This year, the Wixárika Research Center, the International Friendship Club and VCEP will offer scholarships of $6,000 pesos for undergraduate students who have completed their first year of studies.

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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.

Foto: Claro y Directo MX y Twitter

By Dulce García — On March 19, in Matehuala, San Luis Potosí, 50-year-old Paulina Gómez Palacio Escudero was reported missing and on March 22, the Attorney General of Zacatecas confirmed that she was located in the municipality of El Salvador the body of a woman from the neighboring state of San Luis Potosí.

Steven Benally is a roadman, or "healer," in the Native American tradition of religious worship. Photo: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

MEXICAN WATER, Ariz. —  For Navajo spiritual leader Steven Benally, saving a Native American religion from extinction means preserving those diminishing lands where hallucinogenic peyote grows wild. “It’s a small but important step toward realizing a prophecy,” said the 61-year-old. Preservation also means battling activists in the California Bay Area and other cities who want to legalize consumption of the psychedelic cactus. “To these outsiders, we say, ‘Leave peyote alone. Please,’” Benally said. “Is that too much to ask?”