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TRADITIONAL HUICHOL MUSIC

MUSICA TRADICIONAL HUICHOL

The old people say that a long, long time ago in the Huichol sierra the grandparents met to talk about the situation in which they found themselves. Its people were sick, there was no food, no water, the rains did not come and the lands were dry.

They decided to send four young people from the community hunting, with the mission of finding food and bringing it to their community to share a lot or a little outside. Each one represented an element, that is, fire, water, air and earth. The next morning the four young men set out on the journey, each one carrying his bow and arrow. They walked for days until one afternoon a big fat deer jumped out of some bushes. The young men were tired and hungry, but when they saw the deer they forgot everything; they began to run after him without losing sight of him.

The stag saw the youngsters and it understood. He let them rest one night and the next day he picked them up to continue the chase. This is how weeks passed until they reached Wirikuta (the desert of San Luis Potosí and the sacred path of the Huichols). They swore it had gone that way, they looked for it but couldn't find it. Suddenly one shot an arrow that fell into a large deer figure formed in the dirt of peyote plants.

All together they shone in the sun, like emeralds looking in one direction. Confused by the young people with what happened, they decided to cut the plants that formed the figure of the deer (marratutuyari) and take them to their town. After days on the way they arrived at the Huichol sierra where their people were waiting for them. They immediately introduced themselves to the grandparents and told their experience. They began to distribute the peyote (híkuri) to all the people who, after a while, healed them, fed them, and quenched their thirst.

They began to distribute the peyote (híkuri) to all the people who, after a while, healed them, fed them, and quenched their thirst.

From that moment on, the Huichols venerate the peyote, which is at the same time deer and corn, their guiding spirit. Thus, every year, until our times, they continue to walk and make pilgrimages, keeping alive this route from the Huichol mountains to Wirikuta, to ask God for rain, sustenance and health for his people.

Pampariusi (thank you in the Wirrarika language).

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