In defense of Wirikuta desert

By Paulina Gómez Palacio

The Wixarika civilization is one of the most ancient Mesoamerican cultures. Its archaic and traditional sanctuary is located in the highlands of San Luis Potosí, and is considered one of the most beautiful desert ecosystems with greater diversity of life in the country. In this monastery, many pilgrimages are made with the purpose of recreating the foundation of their history, communicating to their gods and venerating the sacred Hikuri. This land is being threatened by mining, is particularly in the suburbs of “Las Margaritas,” where the main altar of reverence to their gods is. With the cooperation of women we are supporting this site to give sustenance to the place, and avoid accepting the jobs offered by mining.

Lecture: The Universe in Cañada de la Virgen By Archeologist: Rossana Quiroz Ennis To benefit Wirikuta. Mon, Mar 26,5pm. El Sindicato, Recreo 4. 100 pesos

The Cañada de la Virgen

The Cañada de la Virgen archaeological site stands in the State of Guanajuato, 30 kilometers south of San Miguel de Allende, with an elevation of nearly 2100 meters and bordered by a gully that surrounds it like a ring. The landscape of this ceremonial center is crowned by three important mountains: Cerro Grande or Picachos to the east, the Ojo de Agua mesa to the south and the Gato-turbante mesa to the west. The site is composed of four architectural complexes, an 800-meter road and a natural pond. The Celestial Observations Program of Cañana de la Virgen Archeological Site investigates the role played by the hills and the sky in the design, location and orientation of the buildings. The Moon, the Sun and Venus, the Milky Way and the Big Dipper, have been until now the main protagonists of this search. During five years and over 100 nights of observation and photographic documentation, we have been able to produce a unique image bank for Archeoastronomy in Mesoamerica.

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