Busureliami means “Inner Awakening”. Funding supported The Busure’liami Cultural Education program which provides monolingual education on traditional knowledge and practice to strengthen the cultural identity of Tarahumara children and to strengthen the ability of their families and communities to cope with the Coronavirus and other challenges in traditional ways.
The principal beneficiaries were 158 Tarahumara students in four primary schools and fifteen junior high students. There are six teachers in training and over 60 parents and Elders participated. The children learn the ways of their grandfathers, reading and writing in Raramuri. They are taught about traditional medicine, dance, sport, and ceremony. Over 70,000 Tarahumara benefit from the Busureliami Syndicated Radio broadcast “Voices of the Grandfatthers, which is in the Raramuri language, based on the traditional ceremonial calendar.