Greetings Every One!
The work we are doing could not continue without you. We are very grateful for your support and help. Every single prayer and donation is appreciated more than you can know. Thank you so very much for your support.
All of us here at Indios Huichol are heartbroken over the violence, deaths and injuries from the massacre in Los Vegas. We are keeping everyone involved and their loved ones in our thoughts and our prayers.
Page 1: Note from Rutury
Page 2: Note from Anaya
Page 3: Note from Nahwi
Page 5: Upcoming Events
Page 5: Misc notes
A note from Rutury:
Que Tuma Aku. Greetings dear friends...
From October 31st to November 2nd throughout Mexico, and especially in small villages, all of the cemeteries are decorated with lots of wild flowers combined with all kinds of herbs creating an unforgettable aroma nurturing our souls. For this particular ceremony of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) our conversations focus on our loved ones who have passed away. Many of the families travel to make their journeys to honor and celebrate their loved ones. The ceremony begins just before sunrise initiated with a prayer. Sometimes people recite poems they have composed, perhaps followed by musicians who sing and play melodies favored by their loved ones. Throughout the days and nights families share vivid memories with tears, laughter, and the lessons they all have learned, and everyone shares food, pastries, and beverages (!) that their loved ones enjoyed when they were alive.
Many other families make altars (altares) in their home and decorate them with flowers. Families take the time to make sugar skulls with names, and sacred items and pictures are brought all together to honor and celebrate our loved ones. Glass candles (veladoras) or any kind of candles are lit to remind us that we are not alone no matter the circumstances, and also it is a way of expressing unconditional support.
Even if you have not lost any family member, you can still light a candle and pray in your own way for your friends and family, for our country, for our world, and for anyone who needs the support.
In my ceremony I will have many candles lit.
Looking forward to our next ceremony
Love and Blessings
A note from Anaya:
As I was thinking about Rutury’s message for this month’s newsletter I decided to share a significant personal event in my life. I will be lighting a candle for my mom for the upcoming Dia de Los Muertos as she made her transition last week. -Anaya
My mom Lucy spent her 99th birthday a few months ago on June 1st at the Center and declared it was the best birthday ever. She was so joyful! My niece Kala was here too and we rented an ATV and drove Lucy around all 6 acres of the property and showed her places she would not have been able to walk to comfortably like the Sanctuary path and the pasture. She was very moved by the land and later told me that she would like to have some of her ashes brought to the Center for a ceremony after her death. She was still going strong at 99 and was already planning to be at the Center again for her 100th and I thought she might even make it!
Lucy was at a New Year’s Ceremony years ago and met Jaichima, she unconditionally supported the Center, was genuinely interested in Indios Huichol, and felt deeply moved when Rutury blessed her. I am happy she got to see Wirikuta Springs again before her passing. She was surrounded by a lot of love and tender prayers when she made her transition.
A note from Nahwi:
Autumn…oh my heavens…it is really Autumn, my favorite time of the year. I am originally from Northern California…Napa to be more exact. So I am missing a lot of the season’s color changes and snuggling up in hand knit scarves now that I am living out in Arizona. But all places have their own magic if you can drop your preconceptions of what something “should” be. So while I miss the trees in my old yard and the vineyards that were around me turning colors, I can take a drive and see it happening in the vineyards near the center or further towards Camp Verde. Or I can take a drive up the canyon from Sedona to Flagstaff, or near a stream where the Cottonwoods grow. Yes it is different but it is its own beauty and its own way of being.
I am finding that the more I let go of my “how it should be” moments it is opening my eyes, ears, feelings, my “being”, as it were, to the simple fact that yes, there is beauty all around me and within me. I just have to let go of what Jaichima use to call my “learned ones” (my lessons in life that do not serve me.) and look with the joy of an innocent at the newness around me. Autumn….oh my heavens! Such a gift!
I also want to share some pictures of some of the hard working participants of the Autumn Equinox Planting Weekend.
Erika, Rutury, Jade & Matthew
Erika, Jeremy, Gabriella, JD, Matthew, Jade and Patricia, thank you all so much for your hard work, amazing energy, kind support and cheerful attitudes. We were so happy to have you on the land for such a special event. We hope to be seeing you all again very soon.
To be announced both in Newsletter and on Website as they are confirmed.
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Indios Huichol Inc.
2315 N Page Springs Rd
Cornville, AZ 86325