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Feb 19, 2017

Restoring the practice of Yumari



This project aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals. To learn more about the United Nations SDGs, please click here

Tierra Nativa
Chihuahua, México
June 2015

“Yumari is just one of the essential strands of the fabric of cultural survival in the Sierra, but a key one that is integral to so many others. It is not the song, the dance, the rhythm but the integration and mergence of that with the Onoruame, Nature and Community.
“The goal of Tierra Nativa and Makawi is to enable the Tarahumara of Mogotavo and through them other communities (representatives of four communities will be invited), to continue and re-energize the profound practice of Yumari as a source of community as well as blessings and part of the relationship to Nature as also recognized in story, or more accurately the continual process of the conscious and primordial weaving of the spirit wisdom, mythology, and ancient traditional knowledge with the activities necessary to survive and sustain.”

This project is central to the continuation and re-vitalization of one of the most fundamental pre-Columbian rituals of the Raramuri, the practice of Yumari. The Tarahumara Community of Mogotavo and Martin Chavez, aka “Makawi” will preserve this cultural practice for their communities. This project will reach out to four other communities to be included. This ritual is imperative to their fight for their culture and their community.

Divisadero Tierra Tarahumara

The Tarahumara of Mogotavo struggle to save their lands from powerful tourism developers in Divisadero, Mexico’s famous Copper Canyon train station and overlook. They successfully resist forced relocation with help from a group of lawyers and advisors from Tierra Nativa. Yet the Tarahumara, or Raramuri as they call themselves, still face obstacles as a state and federal authorities have constructed a mechanized Adventure Park on their lands and push further their plans for development.