My Brothers and Sisters,
Wirikuta is the Heart of the World. Many places in the world are the lungs such as the canopy forests of the Amazon and the Northwest; the coal deposits across the world are the liver for our Mother; the great rivers such as the Mississippi and the Amazon, the Rhine and Yangste are the arteries of Her and the smaller rivers and creeks flow as veins; the Great Lakes, for example, hold the precious waters of the World as the organ of bladder and reservoirs have been created to be the kidneys. But what is the Heart?
The Heart is a place where we, the people, can hear the Gods sing. The Heart is the Center of Life; it's the great connector,
it's the web that holds It all togehter. The Heart is the last organ to die, for when the Heart dies death prevails to the entire organism. The brain and other organs can die but the organism isn't dead until the Heart stops beating.
Once a year I go with my compadres and comadre to Wirikuta; I have for 12 years. It is the Heart of me; it's where I, as a marakame, hail from. This place, this most magnificant place, is threatened by our very people who do not want to change. What is there to change that would make a difference in mining Wirikuta or not? Lifestyle. We have lost our connection to the Great Circle of Life. Pray that we can teach our children and our children's children this way of life and that humanity finds a way to live without the want and emptiness that is kin to greed.
The Jicarero, my four brothers and sisters, are charged with carrying the offerings from the Tuki (the principal Tuki in Mexico, (see www.tukifiesta.org) to Wirikuta each year to ask for blessings for our people. We come home and bring these blessings with us and offer them to our communities. This is a way to honor this Sacred Place and receive the gifts from It. It's also a way that we pray to preserve the Rising of the Sun and the Song of the Gods.
Wirikuta still needs our prayers. The organism, Mother Earth, and her organs, like the Heart, is still in danger of being exploited by the monstrous machine of humanity--The Government has tried to sauvely deter the Lovers of our World's Sacred Places to get us to think we can relax our prayers and thoughts toward the Heart of the World, while they (the miners) find another doorway in to exploit her Sun, Father Tau. Go to this site which you can translate into English for more information and YouTube vidoes of the Huichol and the cause: http://frenteendefensadewirikuta.org/wirikuta/?p=2975
My last blog entry, Birth of the Sun Saved, talked about the government's deal with the Canadian mining company. We were so happy on that day--I felt it to be a DAY OF JOY...and it was. And now, we must stay vigilant as Grandfather Fire, Tatewari says, "The best way to prevent destruction is by praying".
Tonight is our Mesa Hamlet Community Fire. We will hold vigil for a while with our prayers toward Wirikuta.
In love and in Heart, Deanna