Wixarika in Mexico Denounce Illegal Sale of Sacred Island

Waxiewe - Foto ©Juan Negrín 1978

Waxiewe - Foto ©Juan Negrín 1978

The sacred ceremonial island Tatei Haramara was sold to tourism companies without informing the Indigenous Wixarika people.

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.

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