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.
Page 1: Note from Rutury
Page 2: Note from Nahwi
Page 4: Upcoming Events
Page 4: Misc notes
A note from Rutury:
Que Tuma Aku. Greetings Dear Friends,
In 1986 Indios Huichol Inc was formed by Jaichima and myself, and the purpose and intention continues to be the same as it has evolved over time.
Indios Huichol serves as a bridge between the modern culture and our Wixarika people, interpreting ancient ways and bringing them forward without losing their sacred meaning. Indios Huichol has been and continues to be the voice of the Wixarika Elders.
For many years Indios Huichol's home was in Phoenix, Arizona in Jaichima’s house, where many times our Elders came to do their ceremonies, as well as many Native American tribal people who traveled to pay their respect to our shrine we call the Tuki. The house in Phoenix was a hub for many different people, and it hosted messengers who were traveling to and from North and South America. The Center in Cornville will now be carrying on this tradition. We will be building a new Tuki. It is exciting to sense this new beginning.
When Indios Huichol Inc became a 501c3 Non Profit Organization, our hopes were that things might become a little easier for our Wixarika tribe with the work that we could do here. Reality hit us soon when we were confronted by people in the United States, asking us if we were legitimate and authentic, or whether we were just another non-profit organization claiming to help when in reality we would be using the Huichol people to take advantage of other people’s generosity. Those comments made me uncomfortable and I asked my sister why we had to prove to anyone whether we were authentic or not, we knew who we were and what our intentions were, we wanted to help our people. I felt it was shaming what they were saying to us. I did not fully understand at the time the issues in this culture, that people struggle a lot with their trust, and especially with people outside of their ’tribe’. I felt embarrassed and out of place but not Jaichima. She understood it was a sincere question for people, and although we knew our own intentions they needed to be clarified to people who may not have trusted us. She was not intimidated by their words. I watched my sister walk up to three highly respected and intellectual people who were questioning the motives of our work, and this is what she said. I am glad you said it to my face and not behind my back, and to answer your question we are authentic people working with the human tribe, and if you want to know more I invite to you my house to talk more about it.
Jaichima was a one of a kind person with so much compassion for all humanity. She believed in addressing people’s concerns directly with them, whether they were coming from a compassionate place or not. In our tradition that’s what we do. We talk openly to discuss our issues and concerns, with the intention of clarifying what needs to be looked at, processed and resolved. We are very direct in that way and I remain committed to this practice.
Wirikuta Springs Retreat Center carries and cultivates the teachings of our people, and the prayers of everyone who visits the land. When you walk the land you can feel the essence of Jaichima and the Elders. The purpose of Wirikuta Springs is to hold a safe place for the Wixarika Elders to come and perform their private rituals and ceremonies without been photographed, recorded or asked invasive questions. It is also a place for people from many walks of life to do ceremonies with us or on their own. It is a place for healing ourselves and praying for our planet and our human tribe as we are facing major obstacles and challenges. It is a place for us to support one another and come together in vulnerable and respectful ways. The Wixarika Elders believe that Wirikuta Springs is a center pillar that fosters and unifies old and new cultures to reinforce the human tribe, and by sharing ceremonies and rituals we can all begin to heal ourselves from within and be at service to others. They also urge that we must not be too driven by our needs. We can prioritize listening to what our Mother Earth is trying to teach us. Indios Huichol continues to be committed to helping the human tribe and above all helping the Wixarika Elders of Mexico.
Looking forward to our next ceremony
Love and Blessings
A note from Nahwi:
The July Workshop at Wirikuta Springs Retreat Center went well. We were blessed with the weather only raining when we were not outside doing Ceremonies and the big storm that knocked the power out to the entire Center waited until all the participants had safely left for home.
This was a very special group of participants and it was it a very moving and important experience for us all. Everyone had space for themselves and their privacy as well as being together in the Pima House for meals and talks. I cannot explain the thrill of having a working Dishwasher in the Pima House! We did not need to carry dishes back and forth for meals and clean ups and the new stove cooks like a dream! I had no idea that you could bake French toast for a workshop and serve it hot to everyone at the same time…always learning!
The group was surprised by a gift from Nancy, a local supporter who baked two of her amazing NY style Cheesecakes for the participants! Thank you Nancy! You were thought of (and blessed) all throughout the workshop…never have I seen a Cheesecake the size of the one with the Mandarin Oranges, beautiful and delicious.
The Pueblo House improvements were received well and I can attest...the beds were heaven compared to the old bunk beds!
The land at Wirikuta Springs was so alive and happy to have us all there doing ceremonies upon the land. We had several fellow visitors with us who were also doing their own ceremonies; some with fur, some with feathers and some creepy crawlies; Amazing blessings for us all.
I am attaching some Pictures that Debby took. Thank you so much Debby, they are very much appreciated.
Heading to Bell Rock for Morning Prayer
Sun set painting the clouds over Wirikuta Springs Retreat Center
Events will be announced on website and Newsletters as they are scheduled.
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Indios Huichol Inc.
2315 N Page Springs Rd
Cornville, AZ 86325