The Wixárika remain surprisingly intact as a pre-Hispanic people but face pressure to integrate into mainstream society. Promoting the value of their rich culture is essential to their survival as a distinct people. We believe if we can further their cause by helping the Wixárika be more accurately understood and better appreciated by the rest of the world, they will have a better chance to preserve their culture and continue practicing their traditional ways of life, while making their own decisions regarding how to best develop their living conditions, health care, and education.
The Wixárika Research Center has worked to defend the sacred lands and natural resources of the Wixárika people and we design, implement and finance environmentally sustainable projects for the Wixárika communities. Our projects are authorized by consensus at general assemblies and confirmed in writing by their elected Traditional and Agrarian Authorities.