Kauyumari, the Blue Deer, is the spirit who guides the Wixarika people from Mexico and sacrifices himself to transform into Hikuri, with which the Wixarikas get in contact with their ancestors, receiving their mercy and guidance to be guardians of our planet earth.

The rugged environment has allowed the Wixarikas to preserve their traditional lifestyle for hundreds of years. Their connection to the spiritual world is something inherent to life itself, as it is the way of co-existing in harmony with nature and all of creation.

Ancestral Perspective

The Wixarikas as wisdom keepers, developed a language of symbols for us to communicate and understand one another based on what unites us. Our task is to recover the memory of who we are and to act accordingly, honouring our sacred relationship with the natural creation.
The oldest living beings on this planet are fire, water, earth and air. From these elements, all on this planet originates. We are fire, we are earth, we are air and we are water. These are simple words to illustrate that which unites us are not beliefs, but simple facts. Through the eyes of consciousness, we are united with the sacredness of nature, which is present in our bodies and at the same time all around sustaining us.

Ceremony Invitation

It is a pleasure having the possibility to invite you to this ceremonial work with Kauyumari, the Blue Deer, held by Marakame Don Antonio all around the world. Kauyumari is the spirit who guides the Wixarikas and sacrifices himself to transform into Hikuri, the cactus with which the Wixarikas get in contact with their ancestors, receiving their mercy and guidance to be guardians of our planet earth.
In the traditional Wixarika ceremony, we sit up all night around Tatewari, the Grandfather Fire, and talk with him, while we listen to the songs of the Marakame and connecting through the Hikuri. This helps us to awake self-knowledge and find clear answers to face our reality. Therefore the main purpose of this ceremony is to heal our body, mind and spirit, and to give thanks to our Mother Earth and our Father Sky for giving us strength to walk the path of life in grace and harmony.

For more details about upcoming ceremonies Wixarika Berlin May18.

The Marakame

Don Antonio Carrillo Pizano was the Tsaurixika, “first singer” or head Shaman of the Kuyenememe Ceremonial Centre. He also was given the responsibility to be the Chief of the elders council of the hole community, located in the San Andres Cohamiata.
Before becoming a Tsaurixika in 1990, he was in charge of the ceremonial center for 5 years each in the communities of Cohamiata, Tunuwame, Kuayaneme and was the Sheriff of the community of San Andres in 1995.
He was born in the Sierra Madre Mountains and started his training when he was 10 years old with his teacher Kauyumari.
Don Antonio is a highly respected Marakame (medicine man) and a wise and humble elder of the Wixarika people.

The Hikuri

The Wixarika people live in a remote region of the Sierra Madre mountain range. Today, the Wixarika way of life continues much as it has for thousands of years. Still without electricity or running water, the Wixarika people rely on their relationship with nature to sustain their communities.
The Wixarika people of Mexico has practiced its sacred healing traditions for millennia. Unlike most of the indigenous cultures of America, the Wixarika never had a warrior class. Instead, they devoted all of their time and efforts to spiritual endeavors, working on polishing their ancient healing and ceremonial arts.
Every year, the Wixarika people make a pilgrimage to the sacred mountain of Wirikuta to collect the Hikuri, as a desire to return to where life originated and heal oneself. In this sacred journey, the Marakames travel 250 miles and assume roles of gods along the trail that they take by foot. Upon arrival in Wirikuta, the hunt begins and the first cactus that is found is shared among everyone. Then, they harvest enough Hikuri for the year. Thanks to the Hikuri, the Marakame is able to speak to the gods and ensure the regeneration of the Wixarika soul.


Wirikuta needs your help! This sacred land, also called the heart of the earth, is destined to be cut by mining companies. That is why Don Antonio and many other Marakames travel the world and support their land. In order to stop the mining companies and save this holy land we need to collect as much money as possible to buy the land themselves. Please, wherever you are, you can support these people who are the wisdom keepers for all of us - you can be part of creating this world - your contribution (no matter how much) makes a big difference!

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