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Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians

Written and directed by Hernán Vilchez, Huicholes tells the story of the Wixárika (Huichol) people who are fighting against the Mexican government and transnational mining corporations to protect the Wirikuta, the Huicholes most sacred territory and home to the spiritual peyote cactus. The Wixárika people, native to the Sierra Madre, have since time made their pilgrimages to this land; now they find themselves at the forefront of a spiritual crusade to protect life, evidencing the internal contradictions in our materialistic world. The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center screens the film with the aim of creating awareness and informing the public on the effects that transnational mining corporations have on indigenous communities. Hernán Vilchez and two Mara’kate, Huichol spiritual leaders introduce the film with a Q&A to follow.

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