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Filmmakers Sign Historic Agreement With Huichol Authorities in Mexico City

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 11.08.2014 | Impact
Tracy L. Barnett

As part of the opening of the Festival of Indigenous Cultures of Mexico City, "Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians" was screened last week in the Zócalo, in the historic heart of the city, with 3,000 people attending.

Interview With the Last Peyote Guardians: Marakame José Luis "Katira" Ramírez and Son

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts
Tracy L. Barnett

José Luis "Katira" Ramírez was serving as the governor of his community of San Andrés Cohamiata, Jalisco, when he met Argentine filmmaker Hernán Vilchez. He was not like any governor Vilchez had ever met.

An Interview With Directors of Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 09.16.2014 | Entertainment
Tracy L. Barnett

When Argentine filmmaker Hernán Vílchez made his way up into the remote Wixarika community of San Andrés Cohamiata Tateikie high in the Western Sierra Madre of Mexico, he knew he would be entering another world. What he didn't know was how deeply it would change his own life.

Behind the Scenes: What Wirikuta Fest Fans Bought With Their Tickets

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 06.07.2014 | Impact
Tracy L. Barnett

Nearly two years ago, more than a dozen of Mexico's biggest performing artists came together in a mega-event aimed at saving Wirikuta, one of the country's most sacred sites, from devastation at the hands of Canadian gold and silver mining operations.

Canada meets Wirikuta: Visit from Council of Canadians' Maude Barlow

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 01.19.2013 | Green
Tracy L. Barnett

From the moment Maude Barlow passed under the crumbling stone arch and saw the first nopalera laden with red cactus fruits, she knew she was entering another dimension.

Star Power Merges With Spirituality at Wirikuta Fest

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 07.30.2012 | Impact
Tracy L. Barnett

The old Mexico met the new one Saturday at the massive Foro Sol and together, in a vivid explosion of rhythm and light and living energy, they danced the night away.

Stars Come Out for Wirikuta

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 04.10.2012 | World
Tracy L. Barnett

Some 800 Wixarika people -- 18 busloads -- are gathering in the desert below are expected to descend on this tiny town within an hour and will begin the trek up the sacred mountain of Cerro Quemado, the place where they believe the sun was born.

Message From the Gods: Unite to Defend the Birthplace of the Sun

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 04.10.2012 | World
Tracy L. Barnett

They came by the hundreds from the Western Sierra Madre, native Wixarika or Huichol people on a spiritual quest, seeking to consult with the spirits of their ancestors. This year, however, would be vastly different from years past.

Real de Catorce Awaits Historic Huichol Pilgrimage

Tracy L. Barnett | Posted 04.07.2012 | Impact
Tracy L. Barnett

A quiet but excited buzz hums through the streets of this normally sleepy ghost town turned tourist attraction.