Solidarity Call: The Huichol Center Needs Our Support

<figure>Sicangu Lakota Sacred Activist Cheryl Angel at the Tanana Gallery in Sayulita, formerly run by the Huichol Center and now managed by Cilau Valadez</figure><figure></figure>

Dear Beloved Patrons -

As you already know, one of the underlying purposes of The Esperanza Project is to build a web of support around our world-changers, innovators and frontline defenders.  Susana Valadez, founder of the Huichol Center for Cultural Survival, is front and center in that category. You may have already read about her in our pages; if not, and you'd like to know
more, check the links below. 

Meantime we need your help to spread the word about Susana's Patreon launch event TOMORROW, Saturday, May 30, at 5pm CDT/3pm PDT/6pm EDT. This will be The Esperanza Project's third big online event as we co-host Zoom Into the Huichol Center.

This is your chance to support a woman who has spent her whole life in service to a rare and profoundly visionary Earth-based culture in resistance to the dominant paradigm since the colonization of their lands began in the late 1500s.

Please take a moment to forward this to anyone you think might be interested; share in your networks; and invite people to the Facebook event.

Then join us at 5 pm CDT tomorrow (Saturday) as Susana Valadez reports live from the Center's remote headquarters in Mexico's Western Sierra Madre. Susana will share with us the ways in which Covid-19 is transforming the continued operation of the Huichol Center, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization serving the indigenous Wixárika (Huichol) people of Western Mexico. She will discuss how the pandemic is currently affecting some of the indigenous Wixárika communities, which have fiercely resisted colonization for centuries to maintain the integrity of their profound Earth-based cosmology.

Hear from staff members about the resourceful strategies such as the permaculture project that promotes food sovereignty and other innovative programs that the Huichol Center has implemented over the years that have become particularly relevant during this current crisis.

Speakers will include:

  • Lakota Spiritual Activist, Standing Rock Water Protector and Esperanza Project collaborator Cheryl Angel, who traveled to the Huichol Center's remote headquarters in the Western Sierra Madre of Mexico's Jalisco State in February and has maintained and "Eagle-Condor" conversation with Susana ever since, seeking avenues for collaboration and mutual support.
  • Cilau Valadez, renowned Wixárika yarn artist and activist and the son of Susana and Mariano Valadez, another internationally recognized yarn artist.
  • Ernesto Montellano, manager of the Huichol Center's permaculture project.
  • Miguel Carrillo, Huichol Center board member and traditional authority of the Wixárika community of Santa Catarina Cuexcomatitlan

See in real time what the Huichol Center community is doing to ease the economic burden that confronts them and to thwart the imminent dangers to their well being in anticipation of what may soon cause devastating effects to their traditional way of life.

As an introduction to this highly spiritual indigenous culture, Susana and her crew will share some of their most poignant photographs from the Huichol Center Ethnographic Archive and then present a tour of the Huichol Center with commentary from participants. Learn about how the Huichol Center is stepping up to the plate to help ensure the survival of this vulnerable ancient tribe in the modern world. Towards the end of the presentation, Susana will share the new Patreon site answer questions from the viewers.

You are invited:

Topic: "Zoom into the Huichol Center" Patreon Launch Event
Time: May 30, 2020 05:00 PM Mexico City

Click here to register in advance for this meeting. Registering will have the benefit of allowing the Huichol Center to stay in touch with you and let you know about new developments and future events.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Alternatively, you can watch the Live Streaming event on the Facebook Page of the Huichol Center for Cultural Survival and Traditional Arts.  

Please see From Beads to Seeds at the Huichol Center: 40-year-old institution confronts pandemic, economic downturn with permaculture and ingenuity as well as the "Discussion" section of this event on Facebook for more information about the who, what, where, when, and why…. Thank you for reading us, and we hope to see you on Saturday!

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