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A week with the Huicholes community

Log Book - Mexico

This is our first article about Mexico on our log book. And this was a first experience unique and marvelous for us.

We have to precise that Mexikatzin is a wonderful guide, even if we did not know him before, only by email and thanks to Martina Jade and her foundation “Tierra Sagrada”.

We started our road trip on Saturday, the 21st of November at 6 :30pm in the bus station of Mexico city. This travel by bus was very long : we took a first bus from Mexico City to Fresnillo, the most important city of Zacatecas state. Then, from Fresnillo to Huejuquilla, we took a second bus. And, to finish, we took a last “bus” (it was more a van than a bus!) to climb the mountains until “Cebolleta” village, a little village where people were waiting for us. It took us 22 hours in total.

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When we arrived, the village was empty! Only an old woman and a little boy were there. According to the lady, everybody was in the “Tristessa”, which is a sacred place (lugar sagrado) located down the mountains.

- « How do we do to go in this place ? » asked Mexikatzin

- « Follow the guide » answered the old woman.

The guide is named Francisco, or « Pancho », 10 years old, with his feet naked and a good sense of direction for a little boy! After nearly 40 minutes of walking, (or climbing!), we finally arrived in the place.

We have been welcomed very warmly. They organized a short ceremony for us. They were singing in their native language and asking the god of fire to protect us during our long trip and to success in our initiative. We decided to leave this magical place before the night because our stuff was still in the village. And we could not sleep here without our sleeping bags because it was so cold. Guided by “Pancho”, Martin (13 years old) and Hector (9), we walked back in the dark to reach the village.

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Day 1: Discovery of the village

After 12 hours of sleep, we went to the school (la escuela) in order to identify their needs and define the help we can bring to the community. The children were staring at us all day long, it was the first time they saw “gringos” (white people).

The lunch time was coming. We were surprised to discover the kitchen, very simple with just a fire to cook the food. In the menu, courgettes, tomatoes and oignons with tortillas homemade! Delicious!

In the evening, we ate meat of bull which has been dried by the sun all day long… I have to admit that I did not eat it all, eventhough Delphine appreciated it a lot!

 

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Day 2 : Another sacred place

The night was rough (- 6 degrees) and it was a good occasion to test our sleeping bags. The result: I was sick! Delphine was stronger than me!

We went to the school again with Mexikatzin to organize an activity with the children. Not easy to explain the rules of the game with our basic Spanish. Fortunately, Mexikatzin could understand quickly!

Then, we went in the mountains to discover a new sacred place. This time our guides were Hector, Martin and Natividad. The place was wonderful. When we got back from this magical place, we teached a few words of French and English to the children. It was surprising to see how quick they could learn. With the game and the walk we did, the children were becoming more and more confident with us. It’s a real pleasure!

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Day 3 : El Rancho of Don Tonio !

Mexikatzin decided to take us to the « Don Tonio »’s house. We helped him to cut some wood. Then he told us he could make us a “curacion” because “Don Tonio” is like a “shaman” in the village. He is like a “healer”.

I went first. After 5 minutes of singing and doing movements around me he inhaled strongly around my throat. He told us it was to get the disease off our body. In the meantime, he got out his mouth like a small piece of white cristal and he explained us that it was the disease which has been materialized. We stared at this little piece very surprised. Anyway the day after I was not sick anymore!

Delphine had a « curacion » as well even if she said several times that she was not sick!

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Day 4 – Good bye!

It was our last day with the Huicholes community. We went to the school to organize activities with the children. One hour of drawing with Delphine, and then, a little bit of athletics with me. Once again it was a very good moment of simple happiness with the children. We said good bye to everybody and we promised them that we will send the pictures we took as soon as we are back in France.

Enjoy your reading!

Comments (11)
  • cassandre
    J ai envie de venir avec vous mais ... j ai classe ho non !!! mais dans
    11 jours c 'est les vacances ça va sinon? de la classe de Mme.Savary
  • josiane  - SOS Chamane !
    Par télépathie, vous croyez que çà peut marcher, une curacion ? Car nous sommes
    assiégés par des mauvais esprits : H1 N1...

    J'ai eu du mal à voir votre reportage en intégralité mais ce soir, c'est fait.
    Je vais aller au lit la tête pleine de merveilleux récit et images. Bonne nuit
    les petits.
  • Titi  - ENFIN !!!
    Je désespérais de pouvoir lire votre article... Depuis plusieurs jours, je ne
    voyais que 3 lignes, c'est à dire rien de ce reportage captivant. On peut dire
    que votre voyage démarre très fort :dépaysement total, des rencontres très
    riches... Il est évident que pour tous ces enfants, votre passage est
    inoubliable. Encore merci de nous faire partager tout cela jour après jour.
  • Guillaume  - Merci
    Merci à vous 2 de nous faire partager vos moments, vos rencontres, vos émotions
    ... Cela nous permet aussi de voyager même à des milliers de km ! et de se
    rendre compte, que les bonnes choses de la vie sont les plus simples.
    Continuez ainsi et faîtes nous encore rêver !
    Bon courage et amusez vous bien
  • Ben & Elo  - Remède miracle
    Quel accueil ! Rien de mieux pour se mettre dans le bain qu'un bon bol de
    dépaysement.
    Si le chaman t'a bien guéri Maxime, on pense nous que c'est vos récits qui nous
    maintiendront en forme.
    Posologie : quelques artciles par semaine et le tour est joué ;-)

    Profitez bien de chaque instant.
  • Anne & Raphael
    Tout à fait d'accord avec vous!! Tous ces recits nous font le plus grand bien
    :-)!! Même si on est à des milliers de kms, on voyage avec vous!!



    On pense fort à vous!
  • Flávia  - Bravo pour ces premiers jours!
    Un grand bravo à vous deux pour premiers jours passés avec les enfants de cette
    école. Ca doit vraiment dépayser et leurs sourires montre qu'ils étaient ravis
    de vous voir là aussi.

    Pensez à vous couvrir quand même. Comme vous avez pu le constater, il peut faire
    bien froid en Amérique Latine. Surtout la nuit.

    Bisous à tous les deux et courage pour la prochaine étape.

    J'ai hate de vous relire!
    Flávia
  • lydie gerard  - excellent reportage, continuez
    déjà 9 jours, et quel bonheur de vous suivre ; on vous envie même s'il n'y a pas
    l'eau chaude,
    le sourire des enfants parle, ils sont heureux
    profitez encore et encore, on vous suit
    bisous
    )
  • Lie  - merci , on voyage avec vous.... c'est superbe
    Vous nous faites sortir de notre quotidien... Et vos rencontres sont
    magnifiques. Je suis contente de vous voir ainsi. je vous embrasse bien fort
  • Thierry - classe de Chambéry  - Bravo
    Quel plaisir d'avoir de vos nouvelles!
    Je viens d'en finir la mise en page pour mes p'tits loups qui trouveront 4 pages
    de votre aventure sur leur tale demain matin.
    Imaginez un peu : démarrer une semaine la tête dans les étoiles à des milliers
    de km de chez eux!
    Merci pour ce précieux cadeau que vous nous faites.
    On attendra la suite avec impatience et gourmandise.
    Amicalement
    Thierry
  • PADDY  - Découverte 1ère semaine
    Je suis sûr que nous allons vivre par vos récits, illustrés par de magnifiques
    photos, par vos découvertes tout au long de votre voyage.

    Continuez comme cela, je vais être scotché à votre site tous les jours.

    Et pour finir, profitez de tous ces instants.

    Bisous à vous 2.
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