After my post the other day, I immediately received a message from Stephen Cantrell from the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, NM. He said that the museum will be holding a major exhibition of Huichol works from the museum’s holdings (more than 650 pieces!) opening in April of 2010. I can hardly wait! My husband and I were tentatively planning a trip out west this summer, but have put it off again. Maybe now, we can plan for 2010. I hope that the exhibit will run through the summer! If not, we may have to make it a Spring Break trip!
I also heard from Susana Valadez, who is the driving force behind the Huichol Center for Cultural Survival and Traditional Arts, which does fantastic things for the Huichol people. I just spent the last couple of hours at the Huichol Centers site (or sites? They must be in transition.) Actually I had visited that site earlier this year, but did not have it noted in my files. They have SOOOOOO much to offer – you MUST visit the site!
The first link Mrs. Valadez provided features a wonderful 24 slide presentation of just what her foundation does for the Huichol people in her area. It’s fascinating and easy reading – it even mentions the Solar Light initiative I mentioned in the previous post. I was particularly enthralled by the “soy initiative” which provides needed protein and soy milk to these people. Now, I am not a fan of tofu, but it sure beats a lot of other proposed ideas for feeding the world…
If you go to the “other” site for the Huichol Center for Cultural Survival and Traditional Arts, you will find a well-produced 12 minute video presentation about the work done at the center. There are also FABULOUS coloring books – one of the Huichol alphabet and one of the counting in Huichol and Spanish – in PDF form to print out. This is a fantastic resource for school teachers – just go.
I immediately wanted to go down and volunteer both my expertise (teaching English as a Second Language) and my husband’s (computer tech support) and stay for a while. Maybe later. For now, I may just order some of their jewelry or cards from the website and make a donation. Donations are welcome, and they will send a thank you note as proof for the old IRS. So, you people who are complaining about immigration – here’s a chance to support sustainability on the other side of the border: put your money over there!
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