Alchemical Tours #1 – Interview with Diego Perez Lombardini

The Wixaritari

Figure 1 : The geographical area of the Wixaritari in North-West Mexico (INAH, 2000)

The Wixaritari are an ancient indigenous people from North-West Mexico (see Figure 1). They continue an unbroken shamanic tradition, living in harmony with their sacred lands, singing songs, performing rituals, farming, producing art, and guided through dreams and honoring their plant medicines

Their shamanic leaders, the Ma’arakate (singers), lead an annual pilgrimage to the dessert to honor the Peyote cactus sacrament, which forms a gateway to the other world, and the world of dreams,

Diego Perez Lombardini

Diego is 33 years old. A talented musician, who at 28 traveled to Paris. Later he would head to India in search of a Guru, only to return to Europe and attend a ceremony with a Wixaritari Merikame. This prompted him to return to Mexico and seek him out, and reach out to the Wixarika tradition. Now Diego is the only non-Wixaritari ‘mestizo’ (musician) , to to hold a position in the religious tradition of San Andres Cohamiata (see Figure 1), Tatei Kie. Currently he is the Kanereru of Tanana Xaturi and a pilgrim with one of La Laguna’s ceremonial centres.

Diego is a remarkable musician who has formed a very special relationship with Wixaritari people through his music, and is uniquely placed to speak of the glimpes of their world he has been privileged to see,.

Peregrino

Peregrino is music composed by Diego and fellow musicians, inspired by the Wixaritari, and to support the valuable work they are doing to support these people . Please download and donate generously via band camp – click here

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Bibliography

Web links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huichol

Academic papers:

Aedo, A and Faba, P., 2017, The act of knowing the indeterminancy of the known in Huichol contexts (Mexico), European Association of Social Anthropologists

Angeles, A. and Corlos, S., March 1999, The Wixaritari Today, Cultural Survival Quarterly Magazine.

Kindl, O. 2014, The Body and the Rope: The “Intertwining” Ritual of the Huichol Peyoteros (Western Mexico), 40, Ateliers d’anthropologie

Liffman, P. M., 2007, Museums and Mexican Indigenous Territoriality, Museum Anthropology, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 141-160

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