Raquel Bessudo (México DF) “The gift of sight” / Hawiya Wixukuta miemek / In search of a solution for Wirikuta
||Function||to inform, and bring awareness on the importance of preserving Wirikua desert as a natural and spiritual reserve|
|Activation||Passing along your knowledge of the cause, and giving support activates this amuletSteps for activation:1. The host receives the amulet.2. Reads the manual and information3. If you like you can register and ad comments and/or photos at: www.raquelbessudo-joyaviva.tumblr.com This will allow me to follow it’s journey.|
|Materials||A purse made by hands of a Huichol artisan. Leather, plastic beads, -7 lens (diminishing), +7 lens (magnifying).|
|Engage||Price for each amulet is $35 US dls; contact www.raquelbessudo.tumblr.com|
In the ceremony were the Wirikuta pilgrimage ends, the Jicareros (xukuri’+akete, guardians of the temples) eat Peyote Hikuri and it accompanies them in their search for obtaining Nierika “de ability to see”. Nierika is an ideal reality of thought which can be accessed through clarity and compassion. They try finding in it light and transparency
I once heard that in order to really understand something that is beyond your comprehension you need to zoom in and zoom out, and then zoom in again (you look at the details, you look at the bigger picture and then you look back into the details), then you clarify your vision.
The lenses in this amulet represent this Nierika, both as the tool that clarifies your vision, and a symbol to represent the need to sympathize with what the Wixarika (Huichol) people are fighting for. For us that are so caught up in an every day life, that we loose the ability to see and understand the necessities of others. So when you look through the lenses, you are able stop for a second, zoom in, zoom out and focus onto something with a change of perspective.
There are people that may feel far from you, but we all have to think of each other to create a better world. And this is what the Wixarika people are asking from the government and the world: Knowledge and understanding of each other. There is a need to create sources of work, but there are ways to do it without such great ecological disaster and the destruction of their sacred route.
How you use the amulet is very personal. You could look through the lenses as a ritual or you could just keep them in the bag as a remainder.
The first amulets are part of a set of five which represent the sacred points were their deities inhabit. And represent the directions I wish them to take:
- Teakata (Santa Catarina, Jalisco), centre
- Huaxamanaka (Cerro Gordo, Durango), north
- Waxiwe (San Blas, Nayarit), west
- Xapawleyeta (Isla de los Alacranes del Lago Chapala, Jalisco), south
- Wirikuta, east.
(This is the text that you find is inside of the purse)
This amulet is activated from hand to hand and by word of mouth. It works and survives like the Huichol tradition, with human contact and lived experiences.
Keep this amulet as a reminder of the need to allow yourself to change your perspective in order to recognize and understand the necessities of others
Give it to somebody you would like to share the intention of the amulet with.
The main purpose of this amulet is to inform, and create consciousness about the importance of the preservation of Wirikua dessert as a natural and spiritual reserve.
Steps for its activation:
1. Receive the amulet
2. Read the text
3. Register, and please leave a comment and/or images in relation to the project at:
This will help me to keep track of the route the amulet takes
The mining and agro industrial concessions given by the Mexican government in the Wirikuta dessert are putting in greate risk the continuity of the Wixárika people together with causing an irreversible ecological damage.
Every year the Wixarika people make a pilgrimage starting from Waxiwe, San Blas, Nayarit; the west, for the Huichols “ where life originates” and ends in the peak of the mountain that they call Pariteka “ where the sun is born”
This Pilgrimage is what sustains the continuity of the Wixárika culture, their history is orally transmitted, and through out this route it is re-told year after year from the beginning to the new generations.
A partial or total destruction of the Wirikuta dessert would mean the end for the heart of Wixarika people, whose vision of the universe does not separates us humans from nature.
This purse was had made by wixarika artisan Esmeralda Carrillo Carrillo, from the Santa Catarina Cuexcomatitlan community in Jalisco State, Mexico.