Bosques de pino en San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán. Foto: Agustín Castillo.

Bosques de pino en San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán. Foto: Agustín Castillo.

Gerardo Ruiz Smith speaking to those who attended the training in Wirikuta.

Regenerative agriculture expert Gerardo Ruiz Smith, right, is passionate about bringing back keystone species like the giant mesquite that the group stood under as he shared stories and expertise. (Diana Negrín photo)

Corn and Marigolds in Tuapurie ~ Photograph ©Diana Negrín 2021

Corn and Marigolds in Tuapurie ~ ©Diana Negrín 2021

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Bosques de pino en San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán. Foto: Agustín Castillo.

Bosques de pino en San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán. Foto: Agustín Castillo.

01/26/2022

Al noroeste de México, en el estado de Jalisco, la comunidad wixárika de San Sebastián Teponahuaxtlán está poniendo el ejemplo de cómo se puede aprovechar el bosque en forma sostenible y detonar oportunidades de desarrollo para sus habitantes.

En esta región de México se encuentran las mayores reservas forestales de Jalisco. Ahí, el gobierno estatal y la Comisión Nacional Forestal (Conafor) buscan impulsar proyectos que permitan seguir conservando esos bosques y, al mismo tiempo, dar alternativas productivas a las comunidades indígenas wixárikas y o´dam.

Gerardo Ruiz Smith speaking to those who attended the training in Wirikuta.

Regenerative agriculture expert Gerardo Ruiz Smith, right, is passionate about bringing back keystone species like the giant mesquite that the group stood under as he shared stories and expertise. (Diana Negrín photo)

01/12/2022

On the morning of July 31, 2021, a group of 40 people assembled in the hamlet of Las Margaritas in the sacred land of Wirikuta, in the high plateaus of the Chihuahuan Desert of north-central Mexico. Local farmers in cowboy hats and baseball caps gathered alongside young indigenous Wixárika women and men who had come from their communities in the western states of Jalisco and Nayarit. There were also a dozen non-local and foreign attendees who happened to be in Margaritas or who had put down roots and established homes and working relations in the region.

Corn and Marigolds in Tuapurie ~ Photograph ©Diana Negrín 2021

Corn and Marigolds in Tuapurie ~ ©Diana Negrín 2021

11/17/2021

We hope you have all been well and are off to a good start this fall. The rains were generous in the sierras this year and it looks like the harvests of corn, beans and squash will be bountiful, although in some areas it rained so much that some corn and squash rotted. 

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Rocío Echevarría ran health centers in remote Wixárika villages for 10 years before founding Casa Huichol. ©Mexico News Daily
11/05/2021

Before nurse Rocio Echevarría founded Casa Huichol in Guadalajara to shelter members of Jalisco’s Wixáritari who had family in the public hospital, there was usually one option available to the hospitalized person’s loved ones.

Wirikuta - Fotografía ©Juaquin Urrutia 2021
09/29/2021

When it rains in the high plateaus of San Luis Potosí, Mexico, the dampened earth releases a scent that showcases its unique biodiversity. 

Wirikuta - Fotografía ©Juaquin Urrutia 2021
09/29/2021

When it rains in the high plateaus of San Luis Potosí, Mexico, the dampened earth releases a scent that showcases its unique biodiversity. 

Reserva de Wirikuta
07/15/2021

El altiplano potosino y la Sierra de Catorce conforman una región con un valor biocultural, como pocas en el mundo. Ahí está representada la mayor parte de las especies de flora y fauna silvestres de todo el desierto chihuahuense; concentra la biodiversidad de cactáceas más importante en el mundo.

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Obra de José Benítez Sánchez - foto Universidad de Guadalajara
07/13/2021

La obra del artista wixárika Yucaye Kukame, José Benítez Sánchez, se conoce en todo el mundo. A través de sus cuadros de estambre o nierika (cuyo significado es complejo y profundo), la cosmogonía de esta etnia indígena se exhibió en más de 40 exposiciones en distintos países.

Wirikuta - ©Juan Negrín 1990
07/01/2021

Estando reunidas y reunidos en la localidad de Estación Catorce, San Luis Potosí, representantes ejidales y habitantes de las localidades de la región, nos pronunciamos enérgicamente para que de manera inmediata sean respetados nuestros derechos humanos a la salud, al agua y a un medio ambiente sano.

The Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve in Baja California Sur has four active mining projects.
05/05/2021

There are 73 mining projects within natural protected areas in Mexico, one in a Unesco heritage site, but they are allowed to operate due to a law which defines mineral extraction as a public good.