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Power, resistance and territory: The huichol’s conception of sacred space and the cultural resistance.

Abstract in spanish

This article is derived from my assistance to some sacred places of the Huichol or wixárika people and the participation within an annual ritual cycle in the community of Tateikie, San Andrés Cohamiata, Jalisco, Mexico. Although the case of Huichol’s territory defense has been well known on recent years, I think it has said little about the participation of the indigenous people in it. I mean, as an internal defense inside the communities and where it is expressed from the social organization and the religious practices, led by the figure of the mara’akame or shaman and finding on him the depth of the religion from this indigenous culture. The concepts power, resistance and sacred spaces are entwined. That’s how I try to explain the defense of Huichol’s territory starting from the rituals and the social organization.

Keywords: territory,sacred space,cultural resistance,power.
Author: Héctor Adrián Sánchez Garibay. Licenciado en Antropología Social. Departamento de Antropología, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Iztapalapa. México Distrito Federal.
Received: March 30th, 2015, Accepted: June 18th, 2015
Revista Chilena de Antropología Visual - número 25 - Santiago, julio 2015 - 1118/132 pp.- ISSN 0718-876x. Rev. chil. antropol. vis.