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Una profunda tristeza nos envuelve otra vez al enterarnos que el “Xiriki”, el centro ceremonial de Tatei Haramara ubicada en la playa del Rey municipio de San Blas Estado de Nayarit haya sido quemado otra vez. Que sentirían en este momento los católicos mexicanos si alguien quemara la basílica de la Virgen de Guadalupe en la Ciudad de México y con ello todo lo que hay dentro de ella, esto es lo que nos hacen al pueblo wixárika cada vez que queman nuestro centro ceremonial en Tatei Haramara.

Una de mis grandes experiencias de vida es la de interactuar y conocer de cerca los rituales, cultura y tradiciones de mis hermanos Wixárikas, mejor conocidos como huicholes y que a decir de Juan Negrín, han conservado a través de los siglos, una cultura independiente de la cultura mexicana mestiza desde antes de la llegada de los españoles; constituyen un grupo étnico-cultural muy sólido y coherente.

Only two months ago, the Wixáritari people (better known as the Huichols) were blocking the roads and closing the schools and medical facilities of San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán in the Western Sierra Madre, in Jalisco, Mexico, where they live. The protests lasted 50 days. They were demanding the national government enforce the judicial decision of the agrarians lawsuits they had won from the ranchers of Huajimics. Nearly 2,000 hectares of their ancestral lands had to be returned to them.

FONART, tendrá que certificarlos. Una de las estrategias que tiene el gobierno municipal para reubicar a los artesanos del primer cuadro de la ciudad es por medio de un corredor, en ese lugar únicamente estarían aquellos que cuenten con una certificación por parte del Fondo Nacional para el Fomento de las Artesanías (FONART) ya que hay personas que se denominan “artesanos” y únicamente se dedican a revender productos. De acuerdo con Claudio Herrera Noriega, titular del Instituto Municipal de Arte y la Cultura (IMAC), indicó que lo primordial es especificar el término artesano, el cual para él, es un oficio que se necesita años para su dominio y sobre todo que se va traspasando de generación a generación.
La premiación de la Primera Bienal de Arte Huichol, un encuentro antropológico, artístico, cultural, académico y étnico, se lo llevó Hilaria Chávez con una pieza original titulada “Tabla del nacimiento del mundo”.
Calificado por Trip Advisor como uno de los 10 mejores museos, el Museo Zacatecano es un recinto cultural de gran importancia, imprescindible cuando se sale a conocer la capital de nuestro estado. Localizado en el Centro Histórico, este museo cuenta con variadas galerías que resaltan la riqueza cultural de nuestro estado. Con un gran número de salas, exposiciones y líneas temáticas.

It was confirmed that the Secretary of Infrastructure and Public Works, Netzahualcóyotl Ornelas, is being detained at the meeting; as well as the Secretary of Education, Francisco Ayón López, and the Secretary of Development and Social Integration, Daviel Trujillo Cuevas; Lizana García, director of DIF Jalisco, and Mario Vladimir Avilés, director of agrarian affairs in the state; Mario Ramos Velasco, general director of the Secretariat of Rural Development (Seder); the municipal presidents of Bolaños, Juan Carlos Rodríguez Mayorga, and of Mezquitic, Misael de Haro.

This article is a part of Medicine Stories, an exclusive series made possible by a grant from the Elna Vesara Ostern Fund. This is the second story in a series about the traditional medicine of the Wixárika (Huichol) Peoples of Western Mexico. See Part 1, Healing the planet, healing themselves: Wixárika medicine transcends the personal. "We do not want to let them contaminate the sacred places; we want to leave something beautiful for our families, and for them to learn to keep the practice. It is our task that falls to all the communities of Nayarit, Durango, Jalisco. Let us raise and sow that sacred seed, and let our planet not end, so that all that is beautiful remains. Pamparius." Mara’akame José Luis Ramírez “Urraumire”
Mesa del Tirador. A 09 de mayo de 2018. Comunidad de Waut+a-San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán y Tuxpan, de los municipios de Mezquitic y Bolaños, Jalisco. (SST Y TB). Hoy vence el plazo para que el Presidente C. Enrique Peña Nieto se presente ante la comunidad wixárika de Waut+a. como se señala en el Pronunciamiento Histórico hecho en Amolera el pasado 29 de abril del presente año. En el puesto de control y vigilancia ubicado en Mesa del Tirador, se encuentran un grupo de 400 wixaritari vigilando el acceso para que no entren Partidos Políticos o personas que tengan que ver con los procesos electorales, así mismo, se esta decomisando todo material de propaganda electoral.

Zeferino, un maestro rural en la región wixárika, regresó hace dos años de un exilio voluntario a los llanos de Xapat+a Tierra Blanca, una superficie intermontana cercana a San Juan Peyotán, que ayudó a rescatar para la comunidad indígena de San Andrés Cohamiata (Tatei-kie), dos décadas atrás. En vez de un potrero lleno de bovinos, vio un campo verde tapizado con los hermosos bulbos morados de la amapola o adormidera, Papaver somniferum, la codiciada flor del potente alcaloide del que se sintetizan la morfina y la heroína. "...entonces me senté a llorar".

This article is a part of Medicine Stories, an exclusive series made possible by a grant from the Elna Vesara Ostern Fund. "The medicine is teacher, master; it is the Blue Deer, the one who determines from the four directions where the sacred song is summoned, where he teaches us to speak, how to heal, how to make cures, and that is why this is very sacred. Through the messages of the medicine, we cure ourselves in the ceremony. There we see the news and the ancestral messages, and we see how we have to act." — Mara’akame Juan José Ramírez, “Urruamire”

“As long as the Mexican State, and particularly the Federal government, doesn't fulfill its basic commitment with the Wixarika people and keeps violating the rights of the Wixaritari, the indigenous community of San Sebastian Teponahuaxtlan will carry out different pressuring actions,” they said in a statement, at the same time they demanded the presence of President Enrique Peña Nieto in a community assembly to take place on May 9.

Lawyer Carlos Gonzalez Garcia and the assessor Cristian Chavez Gonzalez, both members of a coordination and monitoring commission of the CNI and the Indigenous Government Council (CIG), were traveling to the Huajimic community in Nayarit on April 12, along with local legal authorities, to reclaim the ancestral lands of the Wixarika (also known as Huichol in Spanish), when they were stopped and threatened by a group of about 200 people driving more than 20 cars.

“With their knives they ripped the tires of the truck owned by Benjamín Sandoval, a lawyer from Tepic who is supporting us; Cristian Chavez, our geographer, arrived, and they slashed two of his tires with knives, broke off a mirror, and tried to threaten him. They brought a rope with a noose and they put it through the window, so that I could put my head in (suggesting that I should be hanged).

On Sunday, February 25, the closing ceremony for the for the Conference on Sacred Plants in the Americas was celebrated in the Mexican lakeside town of Ajijic, Jalisco. The conference room overflowed with an audience that anxiously awaited the keynote speakers. Lead organizer, Dr. Bia Labate, motioned that the people she had invited to the front of the room were some of the indigenous tribal representatives participating in the event: medicine women and men, lawyers, small farmers and correspondents.

Members of the Wixarika Tatei Haramara Council of Nayarit, Mexico have denounced the illegal sale of one of their sacred ceremonial sites, Tatei Haramara island, to two “ghost” tourism companies. Now, the island is out of reach for the Wixarikas (called “Huicholes” in Spanish because of the name given to them by the Nahuatl people), who can't perform their religious duties there anymore nor have access to its water fountains, which has also caused severe health problems among them.

A shamanic retreat in Juneau led by a Californian has caught Sealaska Heritage Institute’s attention.

In Northwest Mexico, the Western Sierra Madre Mountains rise like giants from the coastal wetlands of the Gulf of California to the Central Mexican Plateau. Indigenous communities have long found shelter in these isolated lands, and the space to maintain their culture and way of life.