Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community

by Organismo de Nutricion Infantil, A.C.
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Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
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Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
Nourishing 1100 children of the Wixarika Community
Jun 5, 2019

A Colorful Tradition

Santa Catarina at night
Santa Catarina at night

Dear Donor:

Did you know that Wixarika people love to mix colors?

Do you remember seeing some Mexican designs full of color made with chaquira beans? This crafts are made by the Wixarika people.

For them, color is a representation of their traditions and a vision sent from their gods. When the “Marakame” – the sorcerer or medical witch- eats the peyote (hallucinogenic cactus) enters in a trance where he sees their gods and receives messages from them in the form of visions full of color; that visions are latter transferred to bracelets, necklaces and sculptural pieces like reindeers, heads of cows and other animals, which represent their gods.

These colorful visions made pieces of art are used by the Wixarika people as a part of their traditions, but some of these pieces are also sold to generate incomes for the families. Must of the times, these crafts that are partially inspired by the visions of the Marakames, but not made by them, instead they’re made by the families and people of the community, getting to lose some sense of the color combination, leading to non-attractive combinations that are hard to sell.

 At ONI, we are concerned about how difficult it is for them to sell these items and generate additional incomes. That’s the reason why we decided to guide, trough games and handcrafts, the children and their moms how to mix colors to make beautiful combinations that can be easily sold inside and outside the community.

That’s just what we did on our last visit to the community of Santa Catarina! It was a very special visit as we used the Holy Week which happens to be also a celebration week for the Wixarika people. We put together a very big and special group of more than 15 people who played, measured, cooked and teach the children and their moms; also we were able to see the main ceremony of the week, which was a very special moment for all of us.

Here are some pictures of our week there and the crafts they’re making, hope you enjoy them!

Thank you for supporting our project; hope to hear from you soon!

Pampariyutsi! (Thank you in Wixárika language)

 

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Una colorida tradición

¿Sabías que a los Wixárikas les encanta combinar colores?

¿Recuerdas haber visto algunos diseños típicos mexicanos llenos de color hechos con chaquira? Estas artesanías son hechas por la cultura Wixárika.

Para ellos, el color es una representación de sus tradiciones y una visión enviada por sus dioses. Cuando el “Marakame” – el médico brujo- consume peyote (cactus alucinógeno) entra en un trance donde ve a sus dioses y recibe mensajes de ellos en forma de visiones llenas de color; ésas visiones después se transfieren a pulseras, collares y piezas escultóricas como venados, cabezas de vaca y otros animales, que representan a sus dioses.

Éstas coloridas visiones hechas piezas de arte son usadas por la población Wixárika como parte de sus tradiciones, pero algunas de estas piezas son vendidas para generar ingresos para las familias. Muchas veces, éstas artesanías son parcialmente inspiradas por las visiones de los Marakames, pero no son hechas por ellos, en su lugar, son elaboradas por las familias y gente de la comunidad, lo que lleva a que se pierda el sentido de la combinación de colores, obteniendo piezas con combinaciones poco atractivas que son difíciles de vender.

En ONI, nos preocupamos por lo difícil que es para ellos vender estas piezas y generar ingresos adicionales. Esa es la razón por la que decidimos guiar, a través de juegos y manualidades, a los niños y a sus mamás sobre cómo mezclar colores para crear hermosas combinaciones que puedan ser vendidas fácilmente dentro y fuera de las comunidades.

¡Eso es justo lo que hicimos en nuestra última visita a la comunidad de Santa Catarina! Fue una visita muy especial ya que aprovechamos la Semana Santa en la que también es una semana de celebraciones para la comunidad Wixárika. Armamos un grupo grande y especial de más de 15 personas quienes jugaron, midieron, cocinaron y enseñaron a los niños y a sus mamás; también pudimos presenciar una de las principales ceremonias de la semana, lo que fue un momento muy especial para todos nosotros.

Aquí hay algunas fotos de nuestra semana y de las artesanías que están haciendo, ¡esperamos que te gusten!

Gracias por apoyar nuestro proyecto, ¡esperamos saber de ti pronto!

¡Pampariyutsi! (Gracias en Wixárika)

Playing with children
Playing with children
Children working with color
Children working with color
Children playing at Santa Catarina
Children playing at Santa Catarina
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