September 8–12, 2024

Tuki Fiesta

A deeper experience of ritual and tradition that offers blessings to all who attend.

Hosted by the Jicaeros: Anna-Lena Hilton, Lawrence Messerman, Patrick Hanaway, Linda Felch and Susan Skinner

This 3 day ritual in the Wixárika (Huichol) Tradition offers blessings for all who attend. A Tuki is the traditional ceremonial-temple home for the Gods.  While appearing rather modest, the Tuki contains the cosmos and is a living treasure that nourishes and feeds people and their connection to the world.

What is a Tuki Fiesta?  

An ancient ritual of the Wixárika (Huichol) culture is to feed the Tuki, the ceremonial-temple home for the Gods. The essential nature of the Tuki reflects the cosmos, in every aspect of its construction and its spirit. The Tuki is a living treasure that nourishes and feeds our people and connection to the world.

Five guardian elder mara’akate, Jicareros, are chosen by Tatewarí and supported by an elder Tsaurixika-singer to host the Tuki Fiesta for the current ceremonial cycle of five years. They each carry the jícara, a gourd bowl holding the offerings, to the most sacred site of the Wixárika tradition, the Birthplace of the Gods, and on behalf of the community, they ask for blessings and healing to be bestowed upon the attendees. As in the beginning, at the Fiesta this September the singer will sing and listen to the will of the Gods.

The Tuki at Casa Xiuhtecuhtli

In 2006 in response to Grupo Tatewarí’s growing relationship and dedication to the Huichol tradition, the Tuki was built on the grounds of what is now called Casa Xiuhtecuhtli, House of Fire. The Wixárika people and the Gods granted this gift through elder don José Sandoval de la Cruz by producing a ceremonial consecration of the first Tuki outside of their homelands of the rugged western Sierra Madre mountains of Mexico. This was unprecedented.  

Tatewarí, Grandfather Fire, has distinguished this ceremonial center as a “Principal Tuki” and over the years it has become a home for many local and international gatherings, teachings, healing work, and ceremonies.

Feeding the Tuki

We are in the third year of a five-year cycle to feed the Tuki to ensure that the Gods receive our offerings and therefore all receive miracles from our lives.

Ceremonial structures in Tepoztlan, Mexico
Our ceremonial center in Tepoztlan, Mexico. The Tuki is on the right, the ceremonial center that contains the cosmos. The smaller structure on the left is the Rirriki, or God House.

What is a Tuki Fiesta and Jícareros?

An ancient ritual of the Wixárika (Huichol) culture is to feed the Tuki, the ceremonial-temple home for the Gods. The essential nature of the Tuki reflects the cosmos, in every aspect of its construction and its spirit. Fall 2022 began a new five-year traditional ceremonial cycle of Fiestas.

Five guardian elder mara’akate from Grupo Tatewarî, called Jicareros, were chosen by Tatewarí to host the Tuki Fiesta for a 5 year ceremonial cycle. As Jicareros, Patrick Hanaway, Susan Skinner, Lawrence Messerman, Anna-Lena Hilton, and Linda Felch are hosts for the Tuki Fiesta in September. The Jicareros will prepare special offerings during the Tuki Fiesta. They will each carry a jícara (gourd bowl) to hold the offerings, and will carry these offerings to the most sacred site of the Wixárika tradition, the Birthplace of the Gods the following November. They will act on behalf of our community, as they ask for blessings and healing to be bestowed upon the attendees.

The Jicareros are supported by an elder shaman known as a Tsaurixika singer who leads and officiates the 3 day ritual of the Tuki Fiesta.

A longing for connection to the sacred

I have no words for the way this experience touches me. I can only say that when I heard the singing and prayers for the first time, many years ago with no understanding of what was happening, some unnamed longing in me felt answered. 
Erica Cohen
Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico
Patience is a virtue
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