We are a group comprised of the Wixarika People, along with organizations and citizens who are joining forces with them in favor of the preservation of the Sacred Site of Wirikuta, the Sierra of Catorce and its inhabitants.

Monthly archive May, 2011
NO TO MINING IN WIRIKUTA!

NO TO MINING IN WIRIKUTA!

Wirikuta is in the state of San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas, in central northern Mexico.  It is one of the most important sacred natural sites of the Wixaritari (Huichol) indigenous people.  The Wixaritari are native of Jalisco, Nayarit y Durango in the sierra Madre.  They are recognized in Mexico and Latin America because they have preserved and continue to practice...
Huicholes take the fight for Wirikuta to Canada

Huicholes take the fight for Wirikuta to Canada

A delegation of representatives of the Wixarika People travel to Vancouver, Canada, this week, home base of the mining company First Majestic Silver Corp., which plans to open a mine on their most sacred site, Wirikuta. The delegates plan to make their case to the public, to members of Parliament and to the mining company...
Urgent letter from the Wixarika People to the President of Mexico and to all the Peoples and Governments of the World

Urgent letter from the Wixarika People to the President of Mexico and to all the Peoples and Governments of the World

  To the President of the United States of Mexico Felipe Calderón Hinojosa To the People and Governments of the World PRESENT We come personally from the Western Sierra Madre to deliver this urgent letter to demand that you keep your word that you publicly announced when you committed to respect and protect our sacred...
Declaration of the Wixárika Regional Council for the Defense of Wirikuta

Declaration of the Wixárika Regional Council for the Defense of Wirikuta

April 9, 2011 To the Wirikuta Defense Front of Tamatsima Waha’a To the Civil Society in General To the Three Powers of the Mexican State Will they understand in time? The governments and corporations that control the material order of the world be capable of understanding in time that the disasters like earthquakes or tsunamis...
Mining Justice Week – May 14-19

Mining Justice Week – May 14-19

The Mining Justice Alliance, a grassroots network of activists and organizations, is planning a week of action, art and education from May 14-19 to bring attention to the social and environmental impacts of Vancouver-based mining companies. More and more Canadians are raising concerns over the impacts of mining, in solidarity with affected communities. We feel...
What Is a Sacred Mountain Worth? Vancouver mining company accused of 'War of Extermination' against Mexico's Huichol.

What Is a Sacred Mountain Worth? Vancouver mining company accused of ‘War of Extermination’ against Mexico’s Huichol.

Tim Harvey, 2 March 2011, The Tyee A Vancouver-based company, First Majestic Silver Corp, has ignited fierce controversy over plans to mine silver from a mountain considered by an indigenous nation to be the birthplace of the sun. The Huichol called the Canadian mining project an “unlawful imposition” and part of a “a deepening war...
Sacred Indigenous Site in Mexico Threatened by Canadian Mining Company

Sacred Indigenous Site in Mexico Threatened by Canadian Mining Company

Written by Darcy Tetreault April 1, 2011/Upside-Down World Every year, the Wixarika (Huichol) indigenous people of central west México walk 500 km to the sacred land of Wirikuta, where according to legend, the sun was born. Here, they collect jíkuri (peyote), carry out rituals of purification and come into communion with their gods, who give...
Declaration of the Authorities of Tatei Kie

Declaration of the Authorities of Tatei Kie

The authorities of the Wixarika indigenous community of Tatei Kie (San Andres Cohamiata) represent on this occasion the hopes of all the Wixarika People that the millennial traditions of our people be respected, as well as the sacred places that our people have cared for since times immemorial, singing, praying and making pilgrimages for life...
Bad Neighbors: Canadian Mining Companies in Latin America

Bad Neighbors: Canadian Mining Companies in Latin America

By Lisa North Canadian Dimensions magazine, Jan./Feb. 2011 Last Year Alone, at least five opponents of Canadian mining projects were assassinated in Latin America: three in El Salvador, one in Guatemala, and one in Mexico. Critics of mining operations there and elsewhere were wounded and maimed in attacks while many, along with their family members,...
Cultural Survival Campaign for Wirikuta

Cultural Survival Campaign for Wirikuta

For more than 1,000 years, the Wixárika (we-SHA-re-ka) people have made pilgrimages from their ceremonial centers in the Sierra Madre Mountains across the Chihuahua desert to Leunar, the sacred mountain where the sun first rose.  The Wixárika (also known as Huichol) pilgrims  traverse over 300 miles to reach Leunar, stopping to give offerings and prayers...