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A note from Rutury
Que Tuma Aku. Greetings Dear Friends,
Tatewari, Grandfather Spirit. We open our hearts to your healing which brings us wisdom and knowledge from all corners of the Universe.
Hello to my human tribe family, and apologies to all of you as we are late sending this newsletter. Anaya and I just returned from Mexico with news from my Wixarika tribe. We are carrying their energy and gratitude from them to all of you, as Indios Huichol continues to support them not only financially, but emotionally and spiritually.
First I would like to share some of my thoughts and experiences I had while Anaya and I recently attended the Arizona Psychedelic Conference in Tempe Arizona. Some of you commented on the photo I posted on Facebook February 2019.
When I first heard of this event my feelings were mixed primarily because of what I had encountered in my life in the early 1970s when my mother and father and I would travel to do our ceremonies to Laguna Santa Maria DelOro, Mexcaltitan, and San Blas. As we walked the streets on our way to the Mercado in Tepic to buy supplies to bring to our village, we would notice that we were being followed by one or a couple of foreign people who tried not to be obvious. Eventually they would ask my father in Spanish if they could follow us to our village to experience our plant medicine ceremony. My father Hakaula was polite and humble and always thought that people would reciprocate the same kindness back to him. Some people were respectful but the majority of people misinterpreted him and assumed he was naive and could easily be taken advantage of.
With limited Spanish my father would made the effort of explaining to people that is was inappropriate for them to follow us and expect to be part of a ceremony with the medicine plant when he did not even know them. To do a medicine plant ceremony takes various steps of ceremonial preparations, self discipline, and focusing on your intentions. The participants must be invited by someone who knows these steps and in our culture it is not appropriate to invite yourself unless you’ve spent the time to understand how to be a part of our ceremonies and our ways. When the time comes to participate in a medicine plant ceremony it is a privilege and not a right for this sacrament to take place. We also believe that it is best to be guided by traditional people who have a deep knowledge and relationship with the medicine.
As I said, a few people understood and respected my father’s words but with others as soon as we walked away from them and started going towards our village trails we still noticed we were being followed. They tried hard to stay with us on the rugged trails but eventually we would lose them. I say they tried hard because no one succeeded to enter our villages uninvited while my father was alive.
From the moment we are born in our villages our parents introduce us to our surroundings and all the elements, giving us an advantage when being followed on the trails in the Sierra Madre. We are experts at traveling the less traveled places, crossing rivers, leaving no trace, and so ultimately we are more able to protect our environment.
Every time we faced this kind of situation I could see my father’s struggle with himself. As a traditional medicine person his priority was to protect us and his community but also bring awareness to all cultures with our ceremonies. He would say “I see and sense a great urgency to protect our medicine plant and ceremonies, however I also feel the time is nearing when all cultures can come together to share our wisdom and knowledge. As we have to protect our ceremonies and medicine plants I also see modern humanity stepping forward to understand and embrace the alternative healing that has existed for centuries in native cultures. This may not come together in my life time but you my son RuturyTemay can represent our tribe and be the bridge between modern and ancient healing”.
After attending the Arizona Psychedelics Conference my skeptical feelings were turned towards hope and inspiration. At this conference there were professors, doctors, cultivators of medicine plants, scientists, healers, ceremonialists, veterans, and all kinds of people who had received profound healing with plant medicine. These people were taking this subject very seriously and with a lot of respect, although there is always something more that can be brought forward to further our practices and awareness. One common theme I heard from all of the presenters was that working with plant medicine is a serious ceremony and proper guidance is necessary for the participant’s safety and deeper healing.
There is a lot of interest and a big movement happening around the world involving the healing and wisdom of plant medicine. I have thought that perhaps my Wixarika Elders in one of their visions saw this coming and that’s why they have been encouraging for me to hold ceremonies to introduce the healing plant medicine with respect, and embrace these spiritual teachings for the well being of all humanity. So this is the news that is carried back from my people, that I am getting ready to introduce more of our sacred ceremonies to the Human Tribe. I am inviting you.
Looking forward to our next ceremony
Love and Blessings
A note from Anaya
This woman is so beautiful. We’ve developed a wonderful friendship over the years and she is always the first person I go to see when we get to Tepic. She is so humble and her presence moves me deeply. We don’t understand each other in words but we hug a lot and laugh and Rutury translates what she is saying to me in their traditional language. When she speaks it sounds like singing to me and I always look forward to seeing her.
When Rutury and I got to Tepic this last trip she was not in her usual ’spot’ in front of the church selling her beadwork and I was afraid I might never see her again. There was no news of her and I wondered how she was doing, or if she was still around…and then there she was on our last day in Mexico in Sayulita, a place I had never seen her in before, and we both just about fell over with surprise and happiness. Some of her beadwork is now with us, and in fact another beautiful woman who was just visiting us here at the Center this weekend with her lovely sister (you know who you are) now has one of her bracelets. It’s amazing to think of how these beads travel through the world and how they are connecting people through the prayers and hopes these traditional artists put into every piece. I know that it makes this Elder so happy to know that a part of her is traveling with somebody and carrying her blessings.
We just got back from Mexico with a lot of beads and bags! Indios Huichol has a booth at the upcoming Sedona Yoga Festival www.sedonayogafestival.com. And all profits from our booth will be used to support the Wixarika Elders and their communities. If you are planning on attending the Festival come by and see us!
We’ve heard from a number of people asking about the 2019 schedule for workshops and gatherings. Here are our upcoming events for this year so far…If you are interested or have any questions you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org after March 13th. (We are in the process of setting up the new email)
MAY 17-19 WORK WEEKEND AND CEREMONY.
We will be gathering again for what has become a wonderful tradition of joining forces on the land and sharing meals and ceremonies together for a work weekend. This is a free event and we appreciate your efforts and look forward to being with you!
JUNE 19th-23rd SUMMER SOLSTICE PLANT WISDOM CEREMONY
Rutury just came back from Mexico where he met with members of his community and Elders and was encouraged to share a very special healing ceremony for the first time. This will be a small group limited to 12 participants. The cost for this workshop is $875 which includes accommodation and meals. Please call or email us for more information if you are interested.
NOVEMBER 4th-11th TEOTIHUACAN AND WIRIKUTA PILGRIMAGE
We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to do ceremonies in two very special places in Mexico. We will spend the first few days at the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon and then travel to Real De Catorce where we will explore Cerro Quemado and Wirikuta, the sacred land of the Wixarika people. On the way to and from Real De Catorce we will be staying in the beautiful city of San Miguel De Allende. If you are interested please let us know and we will be in touch with you to tell you more about this journey. This workshop will be limited to 10 participants. The cost is $2,100 which includes accommodations and transportation within Mexico. You are responsible for your own round trip flight to Mexico City.
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