31 May '17, 2pm

Battle in the Mexican desert: silver mining against peyote and indigenous spirituality - The Ecologist

Battle in the Mexican desert: silver mining against peyote and indigenous spirituality - The Ecologist

Silver, indigenous Huichol communities and the peyote they venerate have co-existed in Wirikuta, northern Mexico for thousands of years, writes Kurt Hollander. But it's become an increasingly troubled relationship, one that illustrates the deepest conflicts of Mexican society. The region is protected as a UNESCO Natural Sacred Area, but foreign mining companies are determined to exploit vast concessions that pose severe threats to the fragile landscape, its inhabitants and their ancient culture.

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2988953/ba...

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