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Peyote People

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

HUICHOLES: THE LAST PEYOTE GUARDIANS is a story about the mystical Wixárika People, one of the last pre-Hispanic alive cultures in Latin America, and their ongoing struggle against the Mexican government and multinational mining corporations to preserve Wirikuta, their most sacred territory and home of the famous peyote cactus. (HuicholesFilm)

The drought this summer that affected the southern part of the United States actually extended into Zacatecas, Mexico, and has had a devastating effect on the Indigenous population. Ethnic groups like the Raramuri or Tarahumara, and Wixrarika or Huichol who are subsistence farmers, have been devastated by the shortfall of corn, beans and squash, their main staples.

For many years now, local gallery owner Kevin Simpson has worked with the Mission in Creel as well as the Huichol Traditional Government of San Andres Cohamiata and would like to try to do whatever possible to alleviate the problems the indigenous people in Mexico are currently experiencing.

To that effect, Simpson and his team are collecting non-parishable food staples, blankets, jackets, and shoes from locals and tourists alike who are interested in helping the Tarahumara and Huichol get through these tough times.

Deep in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Western Mexico live the Huichol Indians. Very little is known about the exact origins of the Huichol, but today they are clinging to a set of customs and beliefs that make them one of the best preserved Pre-Columbian tribes in the Western Hemisphere.
Since 1997, we have been traveling up to the ancient Huichol Indian Ceremonial Center of San Andres Cohamiata where we have followed a number of Huichol families through their daily lives and have documented the ceremonies that set them apart from the rest of the world. Through our website, we will give you a never before seen look into the Huichol Indian ceremonial cycle and will be marketing their art for the money they need to host their traditional rituals and ceremonies.

Peyote People is a fair trade co-operative based in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, that provides most of the carvings to our artists as well as new iridescent glass beads that are imported exclusively by us into Mexico for our artists to use in their art.

We have been recognized by the Huichol Indian Traditional Government of San Andres Cohamaita for not only promoting their artwork but also for our commitment to the preservation of their customs and traditions through what we call "Cultural Authenticity."
"Cultural Authenticity may be an invisible quality but it is what separates the 'urban' Huichol from those who actually live in the Sierra and are actively involved in the preservation of their cultures traditions."

About the People

Very little is known about the exact origin of the Huichol, but we do know that they call themselves "Wirrarika", which can be translated to mean prophets or healers.

Their dialect comes from the Uto-Aztecan family of dialects. Because of their geographic isolation, it was not until 1722, almost 200 years after the conquest of Mexico, that Franciscan missionaries were finally able to penetrate the Sierra and built a church in San Andres Cohamiata.

The missionaries brought with them colorful glass beads to trade with the Huichol in the hopes of converting them to Christianity. The Franciscans were able to exhort a considerable amount of influence on the Huichol, however they were never successful in converting the Huichol and abandoned them after about 100 years.

The Franciscans may not have been able to convert the Huichol, however, they did leave their mark on the culture. The colorful glass beads that they traded to the Huichol were quickly adapted for use not only in their personal adornment but were also used in their votive bowls and other religious artifacts.

We didn't get our first real look at the Huichol however until the late 1890's. It was in 1890 that the American Museum of Natural History sent Norwegian explorer Carl Lumholtz into the Sierra to look for the Anasazi.

Lumholtz spent a total of 8 years traveling through the Sierra and never found the Anasazi but was the first to actually document the Huichol. Lumholtz described caves filled with ceremonial objects like prayer arrow, votive bowls, stone disks and idols sparsely decorated with glass beads and wrote this about the culture:
"In spite of missionary work in the past, today there is no priest among them, the churches are in ruins, and the Huichol are in the same state of barbarism as when Cortez first put foot on Mexican soil. The introduction of sheep, cattle,
and iron implements has modified to some extent their mode of life but not so much as one would expect... Still their ancient beliefs, customs, and ceremonies all remain in their pristine vigor."

About the Culture

Today, there are over 20,000 Huichol spread out in the Sierra, but believe it or not only a handful have ever gained international recognition for their artwork.

Jacinto Lopez Ramirez is an elder Huichol probably best recognized for his pictures that appear on page 125 in the book "Art of the Huichol" ed. Kathleen Berin 1978, or his photo on the cover of "Huichol Symbolism" by Ramon Mata Torres, or his photo in the book "The Huichol of Mexico" by Peter Collings; but what most people don't know is that Jacinto was one of the biggest influences in the commercialization of the bead art in the late 1960's.

In 1967 Jacinto Lopez Ramirez was chosen to be governor of San Andres Cohamiata by a council of elders known as the Kawiteros. At that time there was an airstrip in San Andres but for those who could not afford to fly out of the Sierra, it was an 8-day hike to the first road. It was Jacinto who successfully petitioned the Mexican Federal Government to put a road into the Sierra connecting San Andres Cohamiata with the rest of the world for the first time.

Born in the early 1930's in a cave just outside of San Jose, Jacinto has spent more than half of his life serving his community as shaman and spiritual advisor. At age 20, Jacinto married 15-year-old Angelita Carrillo from Mesa del Venado. They lived for a few years in San Jose before moving to another ranch in the state of Durango, Mexico. Jacinto always liked living in Durango, but the 3-day hike to San Andres was overbearing so they settled between San Jose and San Andres on a ranch they called "Rosas de San Juan."

Jacinto has served his community as cantador or singing shaman in the temple of San Jose for 5 years, 10 years as cantador in the temple of Cohamiata, and 5 years as cantador in the temple of Las Guayabas. He has been Aguacil or judge of San Andres, as well as Commissario or Sheriff just to mention a few of the more important positions that he has held in the community.

Today, at just over 75, he is still a well-respected shaman and participates in all family ceremonies and rituals.
Jacinto and Angelita had 6 daughters and one son. Maria, Cecelia, Leonarda, Ramona, Yolanda, Teresa, and Florencio have all taken on important roles in the community and continue to dazzle us with their fantastic yarn painting and intricate bead art.

Today, we are very, very proud to be able to say that we market their art for the money they need to host the rituals and ceremonies that keep their cultures traditions alive!

How You Can Help Peyote People

Kevin Simpson and his team are collecting non-parishable food staples, blankets, jackets, and shoes from locals and tourists alike who are interested in helping the Tarahumara and Huichol get through these tough times.

Donations can be dropped off at Peyote People, 222 Juarez, or Colectika at 858 Guadalupe Sanchez.

Visit our Peyota People Native Folk Art Gallery in Puerto Vallarta or visit our ebay store online.

For more information, email Kevin at

Last updated: July 10, 2019 · Charity ID: 703

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From ancient myths about the creation of the elements to poems about life and death to popular fables about the different regions, the breadth of cultural wealth that this project spans is extraordinary.

EZLN Could Bring Indigenous Anticapitalist Platform Into Mexico's Mainstream Politics


Unless the Mexican left is rooted in working-class communities, unless it speaks a language that resonates with working-class values or priorities, then it has no political future. The Zapatista movement’s electoral turn presents an opportunity to do just that.

'Serious Retreats' in Indigenous Rights Protection, Says UN Rapporteur

Inter Press Service

As the 10-year anniversary for the Declaration on Indigenous Rights approaches, UN indigenous rights activists came together to assess the many challenges that still remain on the ground.

Zapatistas and Indigenous Mexicans Create Parallel Government for Indigenous Autonomy

Upside Down World

A coalition of indigenous Mexican communities has announced the creation its own, parallel government with the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. Dubbed the Indigenous Governing Council, the parallel government will aim to promote autonomy for indigenous Mexicans.

Help Shine a Light on Hundreds of Indigenous Struggles This Year

Intercontinental Cry

Intercontinental Cry is made possible through the generous support of people like you. Please make your tax-deductible contribution now and help shine a light on hundreds of indigenous struggles in the new year!

Ten Inspiring Shorts from 2016 Celebrate Indigenous Culture Through Animated Film

Intercontinental Cry

This year was particularly exciting for indigenous film. Among the hundreds of feature films, documentaries and television shows that indigenous filmmakers made in 2016, indigenous nations started releasing their own independently-produced films to tell their own stories in their own words and languages.

Traditional Healers Tackle a Building Diabetes Crisis in Indigenous Communities

Al Jazeera

There is been an increase in the number of people being diagnosed with diabetes in Bolivia. Most sufferers come from indigenous communities who have less access and trust in modern medicines. So authorities are working with ancient healers to help tackle the crisis.

Nayarit Ranchers and Indigenous Huichols Urge Government to Solve Land Conflict

Thomson Reuters Foundation

At issue are vast stretches of property that ranchers want for intensive agriculture and grazing, but the Huichols want it for subsistence farming and to practice their traditional ways of life.

End the Struggle, Take the Offensive: Indigenous Coalitions Against Kleptocracies

Intercontinental Cry

I don’t know what will persuade indigenous nations and their leaders to form coalitions among themselves and create aggressive and enforceable laws preventing damaging state/corporate development projects, confiscation of land, resources, air and water and the health of indigenous people. It isn’t for lack of information.

Controversial Pipeline Continues Push Through Indigenous Land Despite Moratorium


A new pipeline under construction in northern Mexico has become a major controversy involving the local Yaqui indigenous community that is less than pleased about the pipeline's route. The Agua Prieta pipeline would go straight through Yaqui territory.

Divisions in Mexico's Indigenous Rights Movement in Wake of Nestora Salgado's Release

Freedom Socialist

Winning the release of imprisoned community police leader Nestora Salgado, jailed for two-and-a-half years in Mexico on trumped-up charges was a thrilling victory for international working class solidarity. Sadly the movement that won Salgado’s freedom is today fractured.

President Pena Nieto Asks for Unity in Defense of Human Rights

Prensa Latina

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has reasserted that the commitment of the Mexican federal government is up with the respect and protection of the human rights, but he recognized that there are pendent aspects to be solved in that matter.

In a Life Without Politicians, a Michoacan Indigenous Community Finds Its Own Way


At a time when people in diverse areas of the world, including the United States, are very frustrated with politicians, the citizens of Cheran, Michoacan are trying to find their own way apart from traditional institutions.

Free Video Toolkit 'Territories of Life' for Indigenous Peoples About Land and Rights

Intercontinental Cry

Territories of Life is a video toolkit with a purpose. Its aim: to bring stories of resistance, resilience and hope to indigenous communities on the frontline of the global rush for land.

Supreme Court to Discuss Status of Religious Sect That Uses Peyote in Rituals

Mexico News Daily

Some 5,000 members of the Native American Church of Mexico, sometimes called Peyotism, have been fighting to get official recognition from the Mexican government for over three years.

Los Nuestros Yaquis: The Story of a People's War and a Genocide in Mexico

C Magazine

In this 60-minute film, the Mexican writer, novelist and political activist Paco Taibo II travels to the territory of the Yaqui Peoples to remember the longest-running armed struggle in Mexico's history.

United Nation Supports Indigenous Land Rights in Mexico's Mining Plans

The Costa Rica Star

The United Nation Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Victoria Tauli, recommended the Mexican government regulate and supervise the activities of mining companies that affect unprotected communities.

Residents in Rural Mexico Fight for Say in Mining Projects Near Their Land

Global Press Journal

In many instances, people who live in the vicinity of mining projects are the last to learn about them, and they are rarely informed about the procedures used to extract metals and how this could affect their health, their activities and their properties.

Mexico's Indigenous Candidate to Address Latin American Inequality, Exploitation

The Ithacan

Whoever the Zapatista Army of National Liberation decides to nominate has a long road ahead of her, and a heavy history behind her.

As Mexico Lauds Telecom Reform, Rural Poor Search for a Connection


Life is made harder in isolated towns throughout Mexico's rugged interior by a lack of connectivity that complicates everything from education to getting help in medical emergencies.

An Indigenous Woman Could be a Presidential Candidate Two Years from Now

Global Voices

In a little less than two years from now when Mexicans go to vote for their next president, it's possible they'll see the name of an indigenous woman on the ballot.

World's First Week-Long Indigenous Poetry Festival Launches in Mexico


The world’s first Indigenous poetry festival launched in Mexico Monday, bringing together 80 poets from five continents and 30 languages to celebrate Indigenous knowledge and love for the Mother Earth.

Zapatistas Renew Demands for Indigenous Unity in Fight Against Capitalist Slavery

The Zapatistas argued at the 20th anniversary National Indigenous Congress that resource exploitation will ultimately destroy the people.

Mexico Is No Longer Turning a Blind Eye to Local Customs Barring Indigenous Women from Voting


Mexico’s constitution has enshrined indigenous communities’ right to govern themselves according to their own “uses and customs.” But in acknowledging one set of minorities, the government has essentially blocked out another one from political participation.

Activist Runs to Raise Awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women


Brad Firth is running across Canada to raise awareness of missing and murdered indigenous women. He began the trek four months ago.

Indigenous Rappers Are Using Hip-Hop to Preserve Their Language

The Huffington Post

They say music is the universal language of mankind, but Brayan and Dario Tascon are hoping music will help preserve their own language.

Women of Mexico's Indigenous Yaqui Community Speak on Growing Water Crisis

Jittoa Productions

The Yaqui peoples have been defending their territory against Spaniards and Mexican invaders for over 500 years. Their home on the Yaqui river has been invaded.

Give Indigenous People Land Rights or Fail on Deforestation Pledges, Governors Told

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Countries will be unable to meet their climate change pledges unless they secure land rights for people living in the world's tropical forests, indigenous leaders told an international conference of regional governors meeting in Mexico.

Skateboard Company Brings Water to the Huicholes

China Central Television

In Mexico, four young entrepreneurs have created the “Nahual Skateboard” company. The company said some of the sale proceeds will help a particular community which is facing water shortages on their ancestral lands.

Only Indigenous Prison in Mexico Is Free from Drugs, Rape, and Corruption


Walking into the Guachochi jail - which is located in the mountains of the northern state of Chihuahua - turns upside down most preconceived notions of Mexican prisons.

Mobile Phone Co-Ops Are Transforming Mexico's Rural Indigenous Communities

The Guardian

In marginalized indigenous communities, where almost every family has members who have migrated for work, low-cost phone calls are seen as an essential service.

The Oaxaca 'People's Festival' Celebrates Indigenous Culture That's Not for Sale


Participants see this free alternative festival as more in touch with Oaxaca's actual indigenous cultures than the $50-a-head famous one is.

Contemporary Thinkers Gather to Consider Mexico's Current Indigenous Reality

La Jornada

Is there indigenous thought in Mexico? If so, what are its characteristics? What does it mean to think about reality from the viewpoint of indigenous peoples? How is this thinking developing?

UN Indigenous Peoples' Day: Uncontacted Amazon Tribe Faces Annihilation

Survival International

On UN Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Survival International is calling for the full demarcation and protection of the land of the Kawahiva people, an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon that is at extremely high risk of extinction.

Right to Education Still Elusive for Indigenous People in Latin America

Inter Press Service

Despite their large presence and strong influence in the region, the native peoples of Latin America still represent one of the most disadvantaged population groups.

Mushroom Ceremony of the Mazatec Indians of Mexico

Chocolate Grinder

María Sabina was a Mexican-Mazatec shaman and healer who lived her entire life in a modest dwelling in the Sierra Mazateca of Southern Mexico. Her practice was based on the use of the various species of native psilocybe mushrooms and she performed long, trance-induced incantations.

Survey Reveals Mexico's Indigenous People Viewed as Victims of Prejudice, Poverty


To be indigenous in Mexico is to suffer from discrimination, marginalization and poverty, according to a study released over the weekend by the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Saving a Near-Extinct Indigenous Language in Mexico

The Straits Times

As of 2011, there were only two people left in the Mexican village of Ayapa who could speak the ancient Mayan language Ayapaneco fluently. To make matters worse, these last two speakers had quarreled and were not talking to each other.

The Tarahumara Struggle to Save Their Lands in Mexico's Famous Copper Canyon

Tierra Nativa Network

The Tarahumara community of Mogotavo struggles against forced relocation by tourism developers in the Copper Canyon region near the famed Divisadero trainstop and overlook.

Respect Indigenous Cultures, Traditions, Pope Asks


Pope Francis has dedicated the month of July to praying for the world’s indigenous peoples, asking specifically in his new prayer video that their identity and cultural traditions be respected.

National Indigenous Congress and Zapatista Communique on Oaxaca Teacher Protests

Enlace Zapatista

Joint Communique from the National Indigenous Congress and the EZLN on the cowardly police attack against the National Coordinating Committee of Education Workers and the indigenous community of Nochixtlan, Oaxaca.

Indigenous People Create Their Own Community Police Forces in Guerrero


In response to a rise in crime over a territorial dispute between rival organized crime groups, Indigenous people from the community of San Jeronimo de Palantla have created a community police force.

Saving Traditional Oaxacan Pottery from Extinction

wochit News

In Oaxaca, Mexico, cultural traditions are still very strong. Innovating Tradition is a non-profit company that works to share traditional Oaxacan ceramics around the world.

Cartels Are Displacing an Indigenous Group That's Lived in Chihuahua for Centuries

Dromomanos, CIDE, and VICE

This is the first story in a three-part series on the impact Mexico's drug wars are having on indigenous people.

Campaign Encourages Latin American Indigenous Communities to Create Their Own Media

Global Voices

An educational campaign called “Komunikatuz Eraldatu, Peoples Owning Their Communication” is counteracting the distorted image of indigenous peoples and communities that mainstream media regularly portray.

Suffering in Silence: Self-Harm and Suicide Among Young Indigenous People

Europa Newswire

Indigenous People suffer from disproportionately high suicide rates and rates of self-harm among young people.

Series of Animated Stories Revitalise Indigenous Languages in Mexico

Global Voices

“You can't love what you don't know” is the premise of '68 Tongues, 68 Hearts,' an animated project aimed at preserving and sharing the indigenous languages of Mexico.

The Government's Favorite Contractor Displaces Indigenous Peoples to Build a Highway

Sin Embargo

In a single morning, the Garcia family saw the destruction of everything they'd spent their whole lives working for.

Mexican Indigenous Protests Shine a Spotlight on the Damage Done by Canadian Mines


Indigenous groups and small farmers from six Mexican states have been marching in the capital this week with a long list of demands.

Thousands of Mexican Indigenous Activists Protest Unfair Land Concessions

Ruptly TV

Thousands of members of several indigenous tribes who inhabit various regions of Mexico marched demanding freedom for political prisoners and a greater role in decision-making on issues concerning the communities they live in.

Dam Construction Has Forced 200,000 People from Their Homes in Mexico

Television del Sur

Some 200,000 people have been displaced by the construction of dams across Mexico, while advocacy groups warn the country’s new water law will only continue to make the situation worse, Mexico’s Sin Embargo reported.

Congress Gives Its Oaxacan Indigenous Community Cultural Heritage Status

Latin Times

Currently UNESCO doesn’t only protect monuments or buildings, but it considers anything from dialects or festive events to craftsmanship techniques or traditions, as things to be kept as heritage.

Filmmaker Tells Story of Mexico's Indigenous Women Achieving Real Change


When she was just 11, Liliana Caracoza moved from Mexico to the United States, where she says she was a victim of abuse in her home. But she was able to reclaim her past trauma, and utilized it as inspiration to combat domestic violence on a global scale.

Many Innocent Among the Thousands of Indigenous People Incarcerated in Mexico

Prensa Latina

At least 9,000 indigenous people are in prison in Mexico, and most of them have not started a penal process yet, sometimes because of the lack of an interpreter or a lawyer.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Threatens Indigenous Land Rights Says UN Rapporteur

teleSUR English

The TPP trade agreement signed earlier in February will have a devastating effect on indigenous people, the last guardians of our natural world.

Indigenous Groups Continue to be Excluded from Development Across Latin America

Latin Correspondent

Indigenous communities are now facing new and challenging realities: for example, almost half of the natives of the region live in cities, which poses new challenges on how to preserve their culture and respect their identity.

Pope Francis Embraces Mexico's Most Marginalized People in Chiapas Stop


Pope Francis has embraced Mexico’s poor indigenous south, denouncing what he described as the people’s “systemic” exclusion from society.

Central America's Indigenous Seek Apology from Pope Francis for Genocide


The Supreme Indigenous Council of Michoacan, Mexico, accused the Catholic Church of being involved in mass genocide, which started with the Spaniards' arrival to the Central American region in the 16th century.

Indigenous Communities in Mexico Exercise Their Autonomy to Defend Their Lands

Global Voices

Like Cheran, Michoacan, and the Zapatista Caracoles of Chiapas, the Natho community of Huitzizilapan have exercised their sovereignty and voted to form their own communal assembly.

History Has Shown That Progress Has Not Been Kind to Indigenous People


Groups in remote regions live in a delicate balance with the environment. The natural world is a valued source of their food, health, spirituality and identity.

Coca-Cola Apologizes to Mexican Indigenous Community After Running Racially Offensive Ad


Coca-Cola has issued an apology and pulled an online ad that many Mexicans criticized for being patronizing towards the country’s indigenous communities.

For the Indigenous, This New Coca Cola Ad Shows Mexico's White Savior Problem

teleSUR English

For the Indigenous of Mexico, white people bringing Coca-Cola is not just a joyful Christmas ad, it is a reality of corporate and cultural domination and destruction.

Leaders Call for Solidarity: 'Mexico Is Also Afro-Descendant, Not Only Indigenous'


Afro-Mexican leaders this week have called on fellow Afro-descendants from Latin America to support their struggle for legal recognition of their unique ethnicity.

First Ever World Indigenous Games Wrap Up in Brazil


The World Indigenous Games, which brought together 2,000 indigenous people from all over the world, wrapped up Sunday in Brazil. Events included river swimming, log races, archery, spear-throwing and tug of war.

First World Indigenous Games Gets Off to Rocky Start


The first-ever World Indigenous Games are underway in Brazil. However, the competition among the athletes is already being overshadowed by demonstrations against the embattled government of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

Conference of Indigenous Peoples and Afro-Descendants Wraps Up in Mexico

Radio Cadena Agramonte

The ancestral rights of indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants were addressed in the Second Session of the Regional Conference on Population and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean, which concluded Friday in Mexico City.

Americas' Indigenous and Campesinos Reject GMOs


Indigenous and campesino organizations from 15 countries from the Americas issued a declaration last week firmly rejecting transgenic cultivations and agricultural monopolies, while promoting a “campesino-Indigenous agro-ecology” in order to “respond to the civilizational collapse we are living in.”

Why Indigenous Communities in Mexico Need Community Self-Defence Forces

Global Voices

Recent events in Mexico have highlighted the problem of serious human rights violations against indigenous groups. The most recent of these has occurred in Michoacan state, where the local indigenous community claims to have been the victim of an attack by the Mexican military.

The Mysticism of Mexico's Huichol People

Television del Sur

Man was created out of the Pacific Ocean, emerging as a little worm. That’s according to the Huichol people, whose annual and ritualistic 385-mile journey to Wirikuta, a sacred site high in the Mexican mountains, was captured by filmmaker Nicolas Echevarria.

Frida Kahlo-Inspired Line Creates Jobs For Mexico's Indigenous Artists

Mexico Culture & Pride manufactures sustainable fashion accessories, while also creating jobs for several indigenous cultures throughout Mexico, with 21st century entrepreneurship models.

Indigenous Languages in Mexico Are Weakening With Every New Generation


A harsh truth has emerged in Mexico. Young indigenous people who speak Spanish and cut ties with their roots stand a better chance at getting an education, landing a good job, accessing health services, and escaping poverty.

Huichol Language Instruction Now Available Online


Anyone speaking Spanish or English will be able to learn the Wixarika Indian language, aided by people who speak that tongue, thanks to an online dictionary created in Mexico by a group of experts.

Emma Chegwyn: Equality for Mexico's Indigenous Population Needs Improving


According to the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples, more than 15 million indigenous peoples are living within Mexican borders. But as they make up only 14.9 percent of the country's total population, their conditions do not always get due attention.

UN Indigenous Day: Most Recently Contacted Indian Speaks Out for First Time

Survival International

Ahead of U.N. Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on Sunday, Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights, has released a unique video of one of the world’s most recently contacted Indians.

Mexico Film 'Cantos del Humo' Shines at Montreal First Peoples Festival Awards

Indian Country Today

Mexico won big at the Montreal First Peoples Festival this year, garnering many of the awards announced as the 25th edition of the annual indigenous extravaganza wound down.

Incomprehensible: Indigenous Immigrants Screwed Because of Bad Translations

Indian Country Today

Every year several thousand indigenous immigrants find themselves lost in a bewildering and sometimes abusive system that breaks up families, destroys lives and sends people back to their home countries where they often face more violence.

Wings of the Eagle: Health Clinics for Mexico's Indigenous Women & Children

Wings of the Eagle

Wings of the Eagle began sponsoring monthly free clinics in 2009. Since then hundreds of indigenous women and children have received desperately needed treatment, and we see the physical and spiritual health of the community slowly improving.

Forests of Mexico's Indigenous Peoples Are at Risk

La Jornada

On a global scale, forest ejidos are considered an effective method for facing climate change on a par with taking down poverty, but the governmental over-regulation which exists in Mexico “blocks sustainable development and puts agricultural communities at risk.”

Indigenous Communities in Mexico Demand to be Consulted on Wind Farms

Inter Press Service

“It hurts us that our land is affected, and the environmental impacts are not even measured,” said Zapotec Indian Isabel Jimenez, who is taking part in the struggle against the installation of a wind park in southern Mexico.

Native Americans Use Sweat Lodge Ceremonies to Recover from Heroin Abuse

Fronteras Desk

The recovery program combines western practices like the 12 steps with traditional indigenous healing ceremonies. Ken Lewis said the God talk wasn’t working. It was the sweat lodge that gave him the hope he so desperately needed.

Designs from Indigenous Peoples' Past Make Mexico a Global Fashion Hit

The Guardian

When Mexico’s first lady, Angelica Rivera, catapulted into Vanity Fair’s 2013 best dressed list, thanks to local designer Benito Santos’s sophisticated sheath dresses, the country’s homegrown fashion talent stepped into the style spotlight.

2 Million Mexican Peasants and Natives in Precarious Jobs, According to Expert

Prensa Latina

The recent protests of the day of workers of San Quintin, in Baja California, make visible the conditions of precarious work of approximately 2 million peasants and Mexican natives.

UNICEF Finds Indigenous Children Face Greatest Educational Inequality in Mexico

La Jornada

According to figures from UNICEF, there are over 40 million children and adolescents in Mexico. Of these, more than 4.4 million children are indigenous, a segment that faces the greatest inequalities in exercising their right to education.

Huichol Community Members to March in Guadalajara for Indigenous Land Rights

Mexico News Daily

The Wixaritari people, also known as Huichol, are demanding the return of land that it claims in two states, and will march in Guadalajara July 1 if it doesn’t see movement on the part of state and federal governments.

A 'Seminar' Organized by the Zapatistas Draws Over a Thousand Participants in Chiapas

Dissident Voice

While the front pages and TV news reports in Mexico are full of accounts of ghastly levels of corruption and violence, in every corner of the country there are spaces where “you breathe a different air,” as the saying is here.

An Indigenous Community in Mexico Finds Its Voice in Homegrown Media

Global Voices

Radio Campfire, one of the main media outlets in Cheran in western Mexico, was born only a few days after the indigenous community took up self-governance and self-defense in 2011 in the face of organized crime looking to exploit the area's resources.

Rescued Out of Slavery: Indigenous Workers Removed from Agricultural Sites in Mexico

Indian Country Today

Last month, Mexican authorities rescued 200 Tarahumara men, women and children from an agricultural work camp in northwestern Mexico where they were held against their will and subjected to inhuman working and living conditions.

Report Reveals Spike in Killings of Environmentalists

Al Jazeera

A report released by Global Witness shows a 20 percent increase in the number of killings of land and environmental activists last year, highlighting Honduras as the most dangerous country to campaign in.

Brazil to Host First Indigenous Peoples World Games

Daily Times

A year after hosting the soccer World Cup and a year before staging the Summer Olympics, Brazil is set to stage a new international event - the Indigenous Peoples World Games.

Racism in Mexico: Majority Say They Are Treated Differently Because of Appearance

The Fulano Forum

Five of every 10 Mexicans have trouble being accepted because they are brown-skinned. More than half of all Mexican women self-identify themselves with a skin coloring lighter than they really are, as do 40% of men. They believe that a brown skin color is not synonymous with beauty.

CDI Finds a Different Kind of Justice for Mexico's Indigenous People

El Universal

So far in this administration the National Commission for the Development of Indigenous Peoples has helped release 2,773 indigenous people who were unfairly imprisoned.

An Indigenous Community's Long and Remarkable Road to Self-Rule in Mexico

Global Voices

The story of Cheran's resistance goes back centuries to when it held off the Aztec empire, a foreshadowing of the spirit of independence that enabled it to take on organized crime and successfully re-establish political self-governance and self-defense in 2011.

Exploring Songs in Native Languages from Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia

When you think of Latin American music, you may think of songs in Spanish or Portuguese. Jasmine Garsd of NPR's Alt.Latino brings music sung in indigenous languages.

Bishop Vera Lopez: Natural Resources are Being Snatched from Indigenous Mexicans

Al Jazeera

Newly formed people's assembly aims to rewrite political and legal order to better protect poor from private interests.

Afro-Mexican and Indigenous Population Are Extremely Vulnerable, Says Expert


The Afro-Mexican population, extremely small in number and lacking means for the defense of their human rights, can even become more vulnerable than the national indigenous groups. Also, women continue to be subjected to discrimination in the country.

Gilberto Lavenant on Slavery in Mexico: 'The Only Thing Missing Were the Shackles'

The Fulano Forum

The agricultural businesses of Baja's San Quintin are among the most prosperous in Mexico. They freely exploit the farm workers. Nobody dares to stop them, because they are the most powerful men in the region.

200 Indigenous Farmworkers Rescued from Subhuman Conditions in Mexico

Agencia EFE

More than 200 farmworkers living in subhuman conditions at a farm in Comondu, a city in Baja California Sur state, have been rescued, the Mexican Labor Secretariat said.

Still, They Endure: The Paradox of Mexico's Legendary Tarahumara Runners


Violence in Chihuahua, where barefoot runners endure a grueling 60-miles on dirt trails, is endangering the future of a tradition inspired by indigenous Tarahumara runners.

Jailed in Mexico: Thousands of Indigenous Behind Bars Due to Language Barriers

Indian Country Today

There are more than 8,000 indigenous people in prison in Mexico who do not know the charges against them due to a lack of bilingual personnel in the criminal justice system according to human rights activists.

Native Tribes Unite to Fight the Keystone Pipeline and Government 'Disrespect'


The Keystone XL pipeline may have divided advocates and lawmakers in Washington, but the controversial project has also united a wide group of Native American tribes whose lands the pipes would cross.

Documenting Huichol Culture: 'Echo of the Mountain'


An award-winning documentary about Huichol artist Santos de la Torre, divided between the creative process and scenes of traditional rituals.

Disappeared Guerrero Students Case Also Highlights Racism in Mexico

Inter Press Service

In Mexico, indigenous people, the small black minority, and the rural population are poorer and less educated, and have lower incomes, less social protection and limited access to justice and participation in politics.

Spending Up for Mexico's Indigenous Communities

Mexico News Daily

The federal government will spend 86 billion pesos this year, about US $5.9 billion, on projects designed to improve conditions for indigenous communities.

Young Inventor Seeks Next Einstein Among Mexico's Indigenous People

Latin American Herald Tribune

Cristobal Miguel Garcia Jaimes, who just turned 19, says he was driven to build the world’s cheapest particle accelerator by his interest in motivating other indigenous youths in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero.

Experts Work to Save Mexican Indigenous Peoples' Rich Cultural Heritage

Fox News Latino

Experts plan to build a phono-library by traveling across Mexico to record the spoken words, music and customs of the country's many Indian communities.

Industries Suffer If They Do Not Respect Indigenous Rights, Report Says

Indian Country Today

The disrespect of indigenous rights by companies and governments is both unjust and bad for business according to a special report issued by indigenous scholars at First Peoples Worldwide.

Zapatista Uprising 21 Years Later: How Indigenous Mexicans Stood Up Against NAFTA


Mexico marks 21 years since the uprising led by leftist guerrillas of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation took Mexico by storm, gaining popular support in their defense of national sovereignty and indigenous rights.

Mexico's Indigenous Demand Education in Their Language, Respect for Their Culture

La Jornada

Indigenous communities in 19 states spoke out to ask why their native language, history and ancestral values are not a priority in the Mexican education system.

5,000 Tourists a Year Visit North Mexico to Take Hallucinogenic Peyote Cactus


The consumption of a powerfully-hallucinogenic cactus believed to bring spiritual healing is fast pulling in a following in Mexico where thousands of tourists take part in shamanic rituals every year.

Zapatistas Host World Festival of Resistance and Rebellion in Chiapas

This month, the Zapatistas are organizing a major international meeting in Chiapas: the World Festival of Resistance and Rebellion Against Capitalism.

Indigenous Illiteracy at Same Level as 40 Years Ago - Mexico Institute for Adult Education

La Jornada

In an analysis to state authorities, it stands out that of the 5.4 million Mexicans that don’t know how to read or write, at least 1.5 million are indigenous people that speak a language other than Spanish. In addition to this, 3.3 million of all illiterate people are women.

Artists Bring Indigenous Opera to One of Mexico's Most Dangerous States


When 43 college students disappeared in the Mexican state of Guerrero, the world finally started paying attention to the extortion, kidnappings and clashes with drug traffickers that have long plagued the area. But the violence hasn’t stopped a group of performers from bringing their work here.

This Mexican Huichol MC Is Breaking a World Rap Record for More Than the Props


LA-based MC RedCloud is about to break a world record. On November 29th he’ll freestyle rhymes for more than 17 hours at Airliner, a venue in his home city.

A Network of Indigenous Language Digital Activists Gather in Mexico

Global Voices

The main idea of the three-day event was to provide a space for digital activists to meet face-to-face with others that share their commitment to preserving and revitalizing indigenous languages through the use of participatory digital media.

This Rapper Wants to Set a New Guinness Record, and He's Doing It for Indigenous Women

Indian Country Today

Hip hop artist MC RedCloud, of noted hip hop duo LightningCloud is going for a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, and he's doing it for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

Mexico's Tarahumara Struggle to Save Their Lands from Powerful Tourism Developers

Tierra Nativa

The Tarahumara of Mogotavo struggle to save their lands from powerful tourism developers in Divisadero, Mexico’s famous Copper Canyon train station and overlook.

Pena Nieto on Mexico Indigenous Rights: Praise Abroad, Protest at Home

CIP Americas

Following the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, Mexican indigenous leaders accused President Enrique Pena Nieto of portraying himself as a champion of indigenous rights in the international forum while violating them at home.

Evo Morales Inaugurates First UN World Conference of Indigenous Peoples

Television del Sur

President Evo Morales provided the opening remarks at the first United Nations World Conference of Indigenous People this week. The event is considered a special meeting as part of the ongoing U.N. General Assembly.

Yaqui Tribal Authority's Jailing in Water Conflict Signals Need to Implement Environmental Justice

CIP Americas

The Sept. 11 jailing of Yaqui Traditional Tribal Secretary Mario Luna Romero was a wake-up call for environmental and human rights defenders globally.

Indigenous Inventions and Innovations That Modern Society Owes a Debt To

Indian Country Today

Indigenous cultures have spawned thousands upon thousands of innovations that are in use today in the most modern of practices.

Indigenous in Mexico Denounce 'Racist Campaign' in Fight Over Aqueduct


The Yaqui Tribe Observatory denounced attacks by Sonora State government, calling it "a racist campaign of hate" against indigenous people who are opposed to an aqueduct project.

Filmmakers Sign Historic Agreement with Wixarika Tribal Authorities in Mexico City

IC Magazine

A powerful new full-length feature film about the Wixarika People’s struggle to save their most sacred site from exploitation from Canadian mining companies has become the cutting edge of that movement as its director and protagonists prepare to make their way to Europe, the United States and Canada.

October Gathering of Indigenous Language Digital Activism in Oaxaca, Mexico

Rising Voices

The central focus of this gathering is to provide a space for peer learning and exchange targeted at 25 indigenous language digital activists that are currently using their languages in digital media.

The Voices of Mexico's Indigenous Peoples Are Being Heard Anew

Frontera NorteSur

Representatives of Mexico’s indigenous peoples have issued a new declaration and announced upcoming mobilizations to further their cause.

As Men Emigrate, Indigenous Women Gain Political Opportunities and Obligations in Mexico


The emigration of men to the United States threatens indigenous systems of governance in Mexico. When men leave, the weight of activities in small towns falls on women, but despite this women are still fighting for space in the political arena.

Majority of the Indigenous Population in Mexico Live in Extreme Poverty Conditions

The Playa Times

In 2003, the Mexican government passed an anti-discrimination law which made any form of racial discrimination against indigenous people illegal, however Mexico’s indigenous communities still experience marginalization and continue to be disadvantaged and vulnerable.

Indigenous, Mestizo Mexicans Five Times More Likely to Develop Type 2 Diabetes

Latin Times

An important genetic study of type 2 diabetes among the Mexican population identified a gene present in the country's mestizos and indigenous population which suggests they maybe five times more likely to of develop the disease compared to other populations of the world.

Oaxaca's Young Female Basketball Players Defy Violence and Poverty

Al Jazeera

Young girls from from the indegenous Tricki tribe defy violence, poverty and discrimination to make a name for themselves and the town on basketball courts.

Show Your Support for International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Survival International

Survival International will not give up until we all have a world where tribal peoples are respected as contemporary societies and their human rights protected.

At Indigenous Congress, Mexico's Zapatistas Confirm Solidarity with Palestinians

The Narcosphere

Zapatistas affirmed their solidarity with Palestine, during the opening of the National Indigenous Congress in the Zapatista Stronghold of La Realidad, Chiapas, near Mexico's Guatemala border.

Farmers Groups Protest Energy Reform with Mexico City 'Mega-March'

CNN Mexico

Members of peasant farmer organizations participated in a mega-march from different parts of Mexico City to the Zocalo to protest the energy reform and to demand protection of the rights of campesino and indigenous peoples.

Across Latin America, a Struggle for Communal Land and Indigenous Autonomy

Entering into the heart of indigenous communities in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, is like opening a door to a world of shapes, textures, colors and flavors that contrasts with the Western culture that governs daily life in big cities and westernized families.

An Interview with the Directors of 'Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians'

IC Magazine

When an Argentine filmmaker made his way up into a remote Wixarika community high in the Western Sierra Madre of Mexico, he knew he would be entering another world. What he didn’t know was how deeply it would change his own life.

Indigenous to Benefit from New Sustainable Ecotourism Projects in 3 Mexican States

Mexico News Daily

A new tourism agreement is designed to improve the lives of indigenous peoples with sustainable ecotourism projects in Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo.

Study Finds Only 27 Percent of Indigenous Mexicans Finish High School

Press TV

Recently released statistics show that in Mexico’s indigenous communities, only 27 per cent of children graduate from high school.

Zapatistas Mourn a Death and Begin a New Cycle of Building Indigenous Autonomy

CIP Americas

Last month's murder of an Indigenous Zapatista teacher, Jose Luis Solis Lopez, has galvanized a re-organization within the ranks of the Zapatistas and a renewed international solidarity movement.

The Case That Shows How Far Indigenous Mexicans Are from Achieving Equality


An outrageously faulty case in Mexico illustrates how the country’s indigenous citizens struggle to be treated fairly under the law.

The Soft Drink Invasion on Indigenous in Mexico; Increased Diabetes Death

Indian Country Today

More Indigenous people are dying from diabetes according to a study released this month in Mexico, and officials are noting this increase is connected to the consumption of more sugary foods and drinks and fewer traditional indigenous ones.

Indigenous Mexicans Join Forces to Conquer Markets

A new organization has been formed in central Mexico uniting two traditional groups of growers in an effort to boost production and enter mainstream national and foreign markets.

Latin American Indigenous Women Hold Tribunal During United Nations Forum


Rape, sexual abuse, femicide, physical and verbal abuse and discrimination are some of the forms of violence experienced by indigenous women in their own communities, said the women at the forum.

Community-Based Tourism Is Changing the Face of Cancun, Mexico


An exciting new tide of change is sweeping through the Yucatan. Indigenous, community-based tourism initiatives are springing up, offering experiences that are adventurous, educational, and far more authentic than anything resorts have to offer.

Model City Built to Help Mexico's Indigenous Poor Now a Ghost Town

Cronkite Borderlands Initiative

Santiago el Pinar was planned as one of four model cities to help the state of Chiapas’ rural poor find better lives. But just three years later, the model city is a virtual ghost town.

Hoop Dreams of Mexico's Indigenous Youth Provide Hope in 'Forgotten' Region

The Guardian

Basketball has given the impoverished Triqui people a renewed sense of purpose after community club wins national plaudits.

Fighting Off Extinction: The Story of Indigenous Mexican Languages

Indian Country Today

There are at least 6 million indigenous people who are speaking an indigenous language in Mexico. While the larger groups are gaining some momentum, others are in danger.

Tribunal Says NAFTA Linked to Massive Human Rights Violations in Mexico

CIP Americas

Now wrapping up a four-year process of evidence gathering, members of the Mexican chapter of the Permanent Peoples Tribunal have found grave threats to the environment, food sovereignty, indigenous autonomy, and democratic rights of self-expression and organization of the Mexican people.

INEE and Unicef to Consult Indigenous Communities on Processes of Educational Evaluation

La Jornada

To determine the guidelines for examining education in indigenous communities, the INEE and Unicef will carry out a consultation in indigenous communities with the aim of learning what community members consider important in the educational process and how it may be evaluated.

Group Aims to Stop Environmental Damage in Mexico

The News

Organizations of farmworkers and indigenous people announced the formal founding of the Indigenous and Campesino Front of Mexico, which they said aims to protect the country’s jungles and forests from destruction, as well as defend the rights of rural and indigenous communities.

Mexico's Indigenous Communities Turn to Conciliation to Resolve Legal Conflicts

La Jornada

With the Mexican Judicial System in crisis, diverse indigenous peoples in Mexico have returned to putting into practice models of conflict resolution in the heart of their communities.

Indigenous People in Mexico City Demand Right to Decide Natural Resource Policies

La Jornada

The people of Milpa Alta say the government of the Federal District has a very aggressive policy on the environment, because the authorities intend to retain the natural resources "excluding the people in order to open the doors to private investment."

Poverty of Mexico's Indigenous Peoples Due to State's Public Policy Failure

La Jornada

The poverty that continues to effect Mexico’s indigenous population is the result of the failed public policy of the State rather than Zapatista thought, argues the Commissioner of Dialog with Indigenous Communities.

Zapatista Uprising: How Indigenous Mexicans Stood Up Against NAFTA 'Death Sentence'

Democracy Now!

On the same day the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect on Jan. 1, 1994, the Zapatista National Liberation Army and people of Chiapas declared war on the Mexican government, saying that NAFTA meant death to indigenous peoples.

Mexico's Zapatista Rebel Movement Marks 20 Years After the Uprising

Associated Press

Ski mask-clad members and supporters of the Zapatista rebel movement gathered to mark the 20th anniversary of a New Year's uprising that wrenched the world's attention to the plight of the country's impoverished and oft-ignored indigenous.

Human Rights Group: Almost 80% of Indigenous Mexicans Live in Poverty


Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission has revealed in a statement that just under 80% of Mexico’s indigenous peoples live in poverty.

Mexico's Indigenous: 26.8% Illiteracy Among Those Who Speak an Indigenous Language

La Jornada

In Mexico, at least 26.8% of the population that speaks an indigenous language is illiterate, and the average level of schooling for those who are able to attend school is the fifth grade of elementary school.

Aeromexico Stops Six Indigenous Mexicans from Boarding Flight in Oaxaca

The Fulano Forum

A group of six indigenous Indians from Oaxaca complained they were discriminated against by Aeromexico because they were prevented from boarding the airplane with the destination of Hermosillo, Sonora, in spite of the fact they had their tickets in hand.

64 Indigenous Mexican Language Dialects at Serious Risk of Extinction

La Jornada

Of the 364 language dialects spoken in the country, 64 are classified as “at high risk” of extinction, having fewer than 100 speakers, according to Javier López Sánchez, professor at the National Indigenous Languages Institute.

Pregnant Indigenous Mexican Women Face Hospital Discrimination

The Los Angeles Times

Recent cases have underlined the inferior treatment often given to Mexico's indigenous communities, especially women. They have prompted new demands for greater access to healthcare, especially for Mexico's poor.

Wings of the Eagle Health Clinics for Indigenous Women and Children in Mexico

Wings of the Eagle

Wings of the Eagle began sponsoring monthly free clinics in May 2009. Since then hundreds of indigenous women and children have received desperately needed treatment.

Bringing Education to Indigenous Women in Mexico

Wings of the Eagle

The mission of Wings of the Eagle is to help alleviate suffering of the underprivileged in Mexico and other nations by bringing healing through health care and education.

For Indigenous, Not Speaking Spanish a 'Crime' That Lands Them in Jail

CNN Mexico

Only knowing the words “sí” or “no” in Spanish resulted in the unjust incarceration of 8,502 indigenous people during 2012.

Huicholes Win Court Injunction Suspending All Mining in Sacred Territory

La Jornada

In a decision that will set precedent for recognizing the spiritual rights of an indigenous people, the Huicholes obtained the suspension of mining authorizations in the region of Wirikuta, their holy land.

Mexico Indigenous Women in Prison to Have Interpreters for Their Cases


Almost 300 indigenous women currently being held in state and federal jails are to receive support during the judicial process following a campaign organized by Inmujeres, the Mexican National Institute for Women.

The Reality of Mexico's Indigenous People in Their Struggle for Civil Rights


As we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington last month, when we remembered the personal risks taken by people who stood up for racial equality, we’re reminded in this film selection that racism exists all over the world.

Will Enrique Pena Nieto's Tourism Plan Protect Natives or Displace Them?

MintPress News

Tourism remains a pillar of the Mexican economy, but a look back at development in recent years reveals a troubling trend for citizens who worry that the tourist industry and corporate development have come at the expense of the environment and communities losing access to lands.

Huichol indigenous People and Desert Dwellers Unite in Defense of Sacred Land

CIP Americas Program

Mining companies are telling landowners in the desert region of central Mexico that the Huichol indigenous people want to take their land. They want to stir up a confrontation between the desert population and the tribe and to convince the population of the “benefits” of the mines.

Latin America Celebrates 'International Day of Indigenous People'

Hispanically Speaking News

Today is the day to celebrate the nearly 400 million indigenous people that populate our planet many in Latin American countries.

Mexico's Peyote Casts Mind-Bending Spell on Tourists

Agence France-Presse

Every year tourists from all over the world go to the Wirikuta desert, a place in the center of Mexico considered magical by the Huichols indigenous people. Visitors come to find the peyote, a protected cactus with hallucinogenic properties.

Experts Say Mexico Needs to Foster the Knowledge of Its Indigenous Peoples

La Jornada

Specialists and members of organizations of tradition stated that the government of Enrique Pena Nieto should deploy an efficient agenda of attention to the indigenous peoples.

Thousands Turn Out for Gathering of Nations Powwow

Associated Press

A thunderous, rhythmic roar of jingling bells and beating drums rumbled through University of New Mexico Arena on Friday as hundreds of Native American and indigenous dancers gathered for the start of powwow season.

Mexico's Indigenous Participate More in Elections but Exercise Fewer Social Rights

La Jornada

In accordance with an assessment by the Federal Electoral Institute concerning political behavior and the exercise of social rights, there is greater participation in elections and a significant lack in exercising basic guarantees.

Mexico's Indigenous Wixaritari Ask UN for Help Protecting Sacred Lands

The News

Members of the Huichol (Wixaritari) tribe asked the United Nations this week to help them protect their sacred land from mining companies.

Reforms to Law of Amparo Ideal to Protect Collective Indigenous Rights - Mexico Supreme Court President

CNN Mexico

With the amendments to the Law of Amparo, this legal right becomes an ideal instrument for the procedural defense of the collective rights of indigenous peoples, said the President of the Supreme Court of Justice.

Indigenous Peoples Demand to be Included in Mexico's National Development Plan

La Jornada

In order that their demands are incorporated into the National Development Plan, organizations belonging to the National Indigenous Movement will hold forums to stress the need for recognition of the rights of the indigenous peoples.

A 'Like' for Linguistics: Can Social Media Save Mexico's Unwritten Languages?

The Christian Science Monitor

Many indigenous languages alive in Mexico today don't have formal written systems, but a growing number of computer-savvy young people want to Facebook and tweet in their native tongue.

Violence Against Indigenous Women and the Twofold Challenge

Al Jazeera

In many contexts, woman in Latin America face an uphill battle to maintain even the most basic human rights. This is magnified for indigenous women.

Government Offends Dignity of Mexico's Indigenous People at Human Rights Hearing

La Jornada

The tendency of the Mexican State to distance itself when confronted by the justness of the rights of indigenous peoples is not novel; but this time it showed itself directly and offensively within the confines of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Spanish Company to Build Wind Farms in Oaxaca & Puebla, Despite Indigenous Opposition


Despite opposition from indigenous residents to the construction of wind farms in their communities, the electric company Iberdrola announced that this year it will invest $910 million in three new projects.

UNAM: Only 19.3 Percent of Mexican People are Non-Poor, Non-Vulnerable

La Jornada

Only 19.3 percent of Mexico's population has the decent conditions to be considered within the group of non-poor and non-vulnerable, while 25 percent of Mexicans have no social or economic capacity to meet their food needs.

Bridging the Worlds of Faith and Conservation

World Wildlife Fund

Many of the most important conservation places in the world are sacred, deeply rooted in local spiritual and cultural traditions. These places also face overwhelming threats, including deforestation, pollution, unsustainable extraction, melting glaciers and rising sea levels.

Indigenous Groups Push for Participation in Gov't Development Plans

La Jornada

Commitments were signed yesterday by a dozen leaders of indigenous organizations and the Commissioner for Dialogue with Indigenous Peoples, that national indigenous movement organizations will participate in several government planning processes.

Indigenous Huichol Council Demands Cancellation of Mining Concessions on Sacred Land

Latin American Herald Tribune

A Mexican Indian community is demanding that a Canadian mining company be stripped of seven concessions, accusing it of carrying out illegal exploration work.

Wirrarika Reaffirm Their Determination to Defend Their Territories in Mexico

Upside Down World

The definitive cancellation of mining and agro-industrial contracts in the sacred territory of the Wirrarika is urgent due to the serious ecological, social and spiritual effects that are affecting the indigenous and communal farmers of the region.

Mexico's Indigenous Raramuris Still Awaiting Justice After 85 Years


On Friday, about 200 indigenous Raramuris traveled to the capital of Chihuahua to demand justice for their land, and for the murder of lawyer and activist Rabago Martinez.

Indigenous Youth Around the World Step Up Efforts to Protect Their Roots

Inter Press Service

Indigenous youth from some of the world’s oldest living cultures are stepping forward to steer their communities past the threat of disappearance and into an age of coexistence with an increasingly globalized world.

Indigenous Women in Mexico Call for an End to Domestic Violence

The Huffington Post

A group of indigenous Raramuri women in northern Mexico have launched a campaign to stop the increasing violence they face daily, which in many cases is culturally accepted in their communities and involves physical, verbal, psychological and sexual aggression.

Indigenous Celebrate International Mother Language Day in Mexico

Mexico Voices

The UN's International Mother Language Day is annually held on February 21 to celebrate languages spoken worldwide. As part of the celebration, the INALI will hold a ceremony attended by indigenous representatives of eleven linguistic families spoken in Mexico by almost 7 million inhabitants.

Motivated by Tradition, Indigenous Women Take the Lead in Idle No More

YES! Magazine

Motivated by ancient traditions of female leadership as well as their need for improved legal rights, First Nations women are stepping to the forefront of the Idle No More movement.

Tribes Vulnerable To Climate Change Health Impacts

Fronteras Desk

A group of scientists from universities, research institutes and federal agencies say we can blame climate change for an increase in heat stroke, respiratory problems and other health issues in coming years.

One Constitution for all Mexicans: Agency Translates Document into 10 Native Languages

The News

As Mexico celebrates the 96th anniversary of its Constitution, a government agency has translated the Mexican Constitution into 10 indigenous languages to promote rights for indigenous peoples.

Violations of Legal Due Process are 'Daily Bread' - Especially for Mexico's Indigenous

La Jornada

Due process violations of the accused are 'daily bread' in Mexico, and one sector that suffers most are indigenous who do not speak Spanish, whose rights to interpreters and to presumption of innocence are commonly violated.

As Native Tongues Dwindle Worldwide, Indigenous Languages in Mexico Revive and Thrive


Worldfocus special correspondent Lynn Sherr and producer Megan Thompson highlight Mexico's attempt to preserve the past by speaking ancient languages in the present tense.

Miniature Beaded Volkswagens, 'Vocholitos' Help Promote Mexico's Unique Popular Art


Following the popularity of the world’s only Mexican beaded Volkswagen, namely “Vochol”, the Museum of Popular Arts’ Friends Association has made available miniature replicas which can be purchased at their stores in Mexico City.

Mexico Still Challenged with 'What Shall We Do with the Indians?'

La Jornada

Despite the policies developed by the state for its disappearance and economic programs in the private sector for the same purposes, indigenous peoples remain, struggling against the colonialists policies exercised against them.

Beating the Odds in a Place Where One in Three Women Can Expect to Be Raped

Indian Law Resource Center

My two daughters and I are beating the odds. I’m not talking about breast cancer. I’m talking about the harsh fact that one in three Native women will be raped in her lifetime.

Indigenous Commission Created to Give Indian Communities a Permanent Political Dialogue

Hispanically Speaking News

The government has created the Commission for Dialogue with Mexico’s Indian Peoples this week in an effort to repay the “historical debt” owed to the nation’s native communities, Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said.

Idle No More: How an Indigenous Protest Movement Erupted in Canada and Spread to the World

YES! Magazine

Idle No More has organized the largest mass mobilizations of indigenous people in recent history. What sparked it off and what’s coming next?

Less in Federal Budget this Year for Mexican Indigenous Peoples

Prensa Latina

Mexico's federal budget 2013 foresees a drop of 8.8 percent in allocation for the development of indigenous peoples, reports the newspaper La Jornada.

Human Rights Day Spotlight on Women, Youth, Minorities, Disabiled, Indigenous, Poor

Human Rights Day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.

Yaqui Vicam Pueblo Host International Defense of Water Conference

The Narcosphere

Greetings from the International Gathering for the Defense of Water, hosted by the Yaqui Traditional Authority, in Vicam Pueblo, Sonora, Mexico.

New Nonprofit Supports Preserving the Huichol Culture in Mexico

Brant Secunda’s Huichol Foundation believes they possesses a way of life that can be a valuable teaching tool for the rest of the world, especially the developed West.

Indigenous Tarahumara Settlement Faces Food Crisis

Known for their prowess at long-distance running, resistance to assimilation and dependence on subsistence farming, the Tarahumara have survived in Mexico long after other native people vanished. In recent times, unforeseen dangers have reached the Sierra Tarahumara.

Our Exquisite Corpse: Beaded Skulls From the Huichol People of Western Mexico

Visual News

These sculptures are unique in being both joyously colored and surprisingly macabre. Coming from the country know for celebrating the Day of the Dead, each skull is created by the Huichol people of Western Mexico.

Pena Nieto Vows to Back His 'Indigenous Brothers and Sisters'

The News

President-elect Enrique Pena Nieto announced this week that his administration will bring bilingual legal advisors and interpreters for indigenous individuals into the court system, and pledged his respect for his “indigenous brothers and sisters.”

A Dynamic Year of Indigenous Communication

Al Jazeera

Indigenous media is a tool for self-determination in many ways... it is an important first step to revive languages that may otherwise disappear.

Vochol Beetle is Beginning Its European Tour

Mexico Today

The Vochol, a 1990s Volkswagen Beetle that has been decorated with traditional Huichol beadwork from Mexico, will be spending its autumn and winter touring Europe.

Balancing Support of Indians With Respect of Culture


After centuries of policies that focused on integrating indigenous people into society and stripping them of their customs, Mexico is in the middle of what several experts consider a new historical period based on respect for Indians' way of life that has problems of its own.

Reopening Silver Mine Could Save Town, But Destroy the Sacred Site of the Huicholes

Indian Country Today

Canada's First Majestic Silver Corp. wants to reopen old mining shafts in a venture called the La Luz Silver Project, but the Huicholes are, perhaps for the first time, standing guard of their most consecrated site - and their culture.

Indigenous Peace and Dignity Journey Reaches California's Bay Area

El Tecolote

Every four years since 1992, participants in the Peace and Dignity Journey begin their voyage across the American continent from both ends: Chickaloon, Alaska and Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.

Native Americans Descend From 3 Key Migrations


An international team of scientists has found that Native American populations - from Canada to the southern tip of Chile - arose from at least three migrations.

Superstars Play at Mexico's Wirikutafest

Univision News

Cafe Tacvba, Julieta Venegas and Calle 13 played at the music festival in support of the Wixarika people, one of Mexico's oldest and most traditional Indian groups.

Festival to Support Mexican Indians Draws Major Crowds

Hispanically Speaking News

Thousands of people attended a festival this weekend in Mexico City to show their support for the efforts of the Wixarika Indians to protect their land and learn more about indigenous culture.

Mexican Natives Slam 'Protection' Measures for Their Sacred Lands

Al Jazeera

While Mexico's government says it will protect thousands of acres of land considered sacred by the Huichol Indian tribe, Huichol leaders have severely criticized the measures saying their holy land is still under threat.

Mexico Promises to Protect Huichol Indian Lands

Associated Press

Mexico's government says it will protect a half-million acres held sacred by the Huichol Indian tribe that inspired a protest movement against a Canadian company's silver-mining concessions in the northern desert.

Mountain Waters Run Dry for Mexico's Wixaritari People

Environment News Service

For over 500 years, the Wixaritari Indians of Mexico have suffered from poverty, malnutrition and racism - today, they are also victims of global climate change.

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