Save Wirikuta – The Wixarika Sacred Mountain

Wirikuta Demonstration

Wirikuta Demonstration

The Wixarika (we-SHA-re-ka), often incorrectly referred to as Huichol, are an agrarian based culture. Each year, after their harvest is finished and they have completed their seasonal ceremonies, they embark on a 500- kilometer pilgrimage to their most sacred mountain, Wirikuta. The mountain, also called Cerro Quemado, or Burnt Mountain, is the birthplace of their ancestors – the very center of their universe where the ancient ones emerged. It is essential for them to return to this place every year to allow their shamans to seek spiritual guidance for the good of their people and the based culture. Each year, after their harvest is finished and they have completed their seasonal ceremonies, they embark on a 500- kilometer pilgrimage to their most sacred mountain, Wirikuta. The mountain, also called Cerro Quemado, or Burnt Mountain, is the birthplace of their ancestors – the very center of their universe where the ancient ones emerged. It is essential for them to return to this place every year to allow their shamans to seek spiritual guidance for the good of their people and the betterment of the planet. Along the pilgrimage route they collect hikuri (peyote) that they use for their prayers and ceremonies.
Wirikuta is threatened by silver mining by a Canadian mining firm, First Majestic Silver Corporation. The Mexican government has granted the company 22 mining permits and 70% of these are located in the Wirikuta Cultural and Ecological Reserve. Mexican official established the reserve to protect the environment and cultural practices of the Wixarika, now they find that this zone is no longer being honored in the spirit is which it was created.
The Mexican government has proposed the creation of a Biosphere Reserve that would protect Wirikuta. The biosphere would prohibit any mining or exploration of an sort in the earth, the water or the atmosphere in and around Wirikuta.
Please write polite letters of support to the government urging them to support the Biosphere proposal. The officials and their contact information is below.
Send Letters to the Following:
Lic. Felipe de Jesus Calderon Hinojosa
Presidente Constitucional de la Republica Mexica
Residencia Oficial de los Pinos, Casa Miguel Aleman
Col. San Miguel Chapultepec
Mexico City D.F. 11850
MEXICO
Email: felipe.calderon@presidencia.gob.mx
Lic. Bruno Ferrari Garcia de Alba, Secretario
Secretaria de Economia
Alfonsa Reyes No. 30
Col. Hipodromo Condesa
Delegacion Cuauhtemoc
Mexico City D.F. 06140
MEXICO
Email: bruno.ferrari@economia.gob.mx

Lic. Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, Sec.
Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y
Recursos Naturales
Blvd. Adolfo Ruiz Cortinez 4209
Jardines en la Montana Tlalpan
Mexico City D.F. 14210
MEXICO
Email: c.secretario@semarnat.gob.mx