Category Archives: Activism

Tepoztlan : Chronicle of eviction and repression. Memories of July 23, 2013

Today its exactly 2 years since the state police of Morelos, Mexico evicted by force the people’s  camp: “the Caudillo of the South”, installed by the  Los Frentes Unidos en Defensa de Tepoztlán as a means of peaceful resistance to the imposition of federal highway by the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes del Estado de Morelos of the State of Morelos and the company Tradeco. Here a personal photo gallery of what happened that morning in July 2013.

2 years of repression and eviction of the camp ” El Caudillo del Sur”. The struggle continues !

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VIDEO: “Voices of Amerikua” presents Berito Kuwaruwa of U’Wa people, Colombia

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First Episode of “Voices of Amerikua” featuring different indigenous voices from the americas in defense of their culture, territory and mother nature. Thank you to Uplift ConnectUnity is Change (Unidad es Cambio), World Concious PactSokaVision and to Jeniffer Kumiko Hayashi for her amazing work !

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Greening the Sacred Desert: Permaculture workshop and hands on learning experience in Wirikuta, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

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Huichol pilgramage to Wirikuta. Photo: desinformemonos.org

Wirikuta is a region in the desert of San Luis Potosí, Mexico that is considered by the Wixarika or Huichol indigenous people in Mexico one of their most important sacred sites. The Wixarika people are known worldwide for their unique visionary art and for proudly preserving their spiritual identity despite a destructive civilizing process of over 500 years. Each year, for probably thousands of years, the Huichol people make ​​a pilgrimage that has, as its starting point, the Sierra Madre Occidental (specifically the states of Jalisco, Nayarit and Durango) where they live permanently. The pilgrimage culminates in the desert of Wirikuta and recreates what they consider to be the path of their ancestors. In the desert, the Huichol greet the sun, leave offerings and perform ceremonies that are designed to maintain harmony and balance on Planet Earth.

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Huichol woman and child. Photo: Yvonne Negrín

Located in the plains and mountains of the Sierra de Catorce, in the state of San Luis Potosi, Wirikuta is a place of extraordinary cultural, spiritual and natural wealth. In 1999 UNESCO declared it one of the 14 sacred natural sites in the world to be protected. It is also one of the Natural Protected Areas of semi-arid climate with the highest biodiversity in the world. However, the Mexican government has conceded a large part of this region to companies that seek to exploit the mineral wealth of the area. This threatens not only the permanence of the semi-arid eco-system and biodiversity, but also the cultural heritage of the Huichol people. Recently Project Nuevo Mundo along with several Mexican environmental organizations such as Manos a La TierraOrgani-K A.C. and the local team ‘Colectivo Patas Verdes’, organized a 3-day hands-on permaculture workshop that took place in ‘La Flor del Desierto’, a community ecotourism project located precisely in the region of Wirikuta.

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La Flor del Desierto. Photo: Ivan Sawyer

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World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites Day 2012

“So let us unite spiritually, All Nations, All Faiths, One Prayer.  Along with this immediate effort, I also ask to please remember June 21st, World Peace and Prayer Day/Honoring Sacred Sites day. Whether it is a natural site, a temple, a church, a synagogue or just your own sacred space, let us make a prayer for all life, for good decision making by our Nations, for our children’s future and well-being, and the generations to come.” Chief Arvol Looking Horse 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe

Since ancient times people from all over the globe have gathered in sacred places to honor their ancestors and thank the earth in sacred ceremony. In this way, many indigenous people believe, that stability and harmony are maintained on earth. Sacred sites are places of power and importance because of their geographic relevance such as mountains, rivers, forests, lakes etc. or places such as temples and sanctuaries have been built as places to hold ceremony and prayer. Many sacred sites are recognized today as cultural heritage sites by the UNESCO for their historical and cultural importance. Ceremony and prayer are ways in which we as humans can collectively or individually commune with creation and the earth, also, in which we can give offering and offer gratitude for life and all the gifts.

Mayan Traditional Fire Ceremony in Guatemala

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World Water Day and Rio+20 Peoples Fourm Caravan march

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Maifesto. Planetary awakening and Earth regenaration

“New Pioneers” by Mark Henson www.sacredlight.to

It is not hard to perceive that we are living in very critical times. Recent studies are showing that the consequences of the damage on the biosphere caused by inappropriate use of technology and the exploitation of natural resources may pose threat to the survival of humanity. The biodiversity necessary to sustain the complex life system our planet holds is being immensely threatened byour civilization’s irresponsible misuse of recourses. Where did we go wrong? What can we do to respond to the alarming signs of biospheric devastation and collapse that we are currently faced with. How did we ever reach this point?

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