HUICHOL Life...Day to Day Stuff

There are approximately 25,000 Huichol
living in ranches that range from 500 to 1000.
range from 500 to 1000.

Huichol is the official language and is a Uto-
Aztecan language.  Although the young are
losing this language as their primary tongue
due to the government coming in and
building schools.  In the past 8 years or so
we have seen the government school brining
in Huichol teacher to help teach the children
their native tongue.  The New Testament has
been translated into this language as well as
an “Old Testament Survey” (stories from the
Old Testament).

Their diet consists of Tortillas, made
from the blue, red, yellow or white corn,
beans, rice and pasta with the
occasional chicken or pig, form which
they make “Chicharrones”, chili
peppers, all supplement with goods
provided by nature, like “weizz” a
legume gathered from the trees and
“ciruelas” wild plums and guavas.  

In winter they gather in villages near a
water supply and live in adobe and
burnt adobe homes interspersed with
“Caretons” houses on stilts made with
wood, cornstalks, lashing and thatched
roofs.  Each settlement has a :riviki”
(God’s House) or “Caliwey” (a temple),
where religious ceremonies and
fiestas take place.  As we have found
there is a Christian Church where we
go and alot of the fiestas and such take
place there.  

The Huichol seek autonomy in their land, but
have governments, one native to the Huichol
and one answering to the Mexican
Government.  Schools have been
established in the Huichol villages during the
last 50 years.  In the last 10 years we have
seen more Huichol teachers returning to
their villages and teaching ½ day in Huichol
and ½ day in Spanish.  This is very important
to the young, as not to lose the native Huichol