The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian,
in cooperation with Cinema Tropical
and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, presents
At the Movies: Huichol Journeys

Thursday, March 29, 6:00 pm

Saturday, March 31, 2:00 pm

Auditorium, George Gustav Heye Center
National Museum of the American Indian 

One Bowling Green, New York, NY 10004
Admission is free. Reservations recommended: or212-514-3737
Flowers in the Desert / Flores en el desierto
(José Álvarez, Mexico, 2009, 72 min. In Huichol and Spanish with English subtitles)
In Flowers of the Desert, filmmaker José Álvarez documents Huichol daily and ritual life including their traditional peyote pilgrimages to Wirikuta, a Huichol sacred site and pilgrimage destination in the desert of San Luis Potosí, and to the Pacific coast of Nayarit. (Mature subject matter).
Yumakwaxa / The Drum Celebration
(Karin Gunn, Mexico, 2008, 8 min. In Wixaritari with English subtitles)
Yumakwaxa/The Drum Celebration was produced in an animation workshop for teachers and high school students, many of whom were Wixaritari, in the western state of Jalisco. Claymation brings to life the annual drum celebration, a rite of passage ceremony for the children of the community guided by the Mara’acame (spiritual leader), that involves sharing food and hearing stories about sacred places.
In Defense of Wirikuta and the Sierra de Catorce
(Venado Mestizo, Mexico, 2011, 13 min.)
In Defense of Wirikuta and the Sierra de Catorce is an awareness-raising documentary on the threat now facing Wirikuta from silver mining activities.