The Ceremonial Tuki and Fiesta Invitation

Tuki Fiesta 2014 

The Tepoztlán Tuki

The Tepoztlán Tuki
(Ceremonial temple house of the Huichol Tradition)

People from around the world gather together for a Fiesta of the Tuki, a three-day ceremony that honors the Tuki and the gifts its life bestows upon our people. The Tuki Fiesta is an unprecedented gathering, unlike no other outside of the Homelands of the Huichol people of the Sierra Madres of Western Mexico. For three days, people celebrate life and the blessings bestowed upon them and the world, through the ritual care of the Tuki and an annual pilgrimage in November.

In this rare Fiesta, the veil of time is lifted through sacred ritual space. We are transported into an ancient opening where Tsaurirrikame Don Jose Sandoval, supported by Tsaurirrikate Eliot Cowan and David Wiley, guide us through the ceremony in which the people receive blessings to bring balance to the world. Each fiesta is completed in the fall by Jicareros (five caretakers of the Tuki and ‘carriers of the offerings’) who take the new offerings to the Gods in the sacred desert of Wiricuta, an ancient ancestral site visited by the Huichol people for thousands of years. This is done on behalf of our people and an ancient ritual to keep the world in balance.

An Invitation to You

Tuki Fiesta Vigil
Marakame Prema Sheerin

We, the Jicareros, are honored to invite you to Tepoztlán, Mexico to participate in an authentic Fiesta for three full days to celebrate and honor the sacredness of this special ritual of blessings to the world. Join with us and people from around the world, marakate (shamans in the Huichol tradition), Huichols, healers and  community members in this rare opportunity to gain a new perspective on living in relationship to the world around us and to revitalize your heart connection.

This coming year’s fiesta beginning on Friday, February  7th to the 9th, will open the last in a five year cycle of fiestas and pilgrimages that are performed to complete the Tuki initiation. This is a profound opportunity for all people to participate in and receive the vast gifts theTuki Fiesta offers. Please go to Registration to be able to participate in this sacred ceremony.

History of the Tuki Fiesta

The cycle of fiestas began in 2010 with a complete initiation of the Tuki led by Huichol Tsaurirrikame Don Jose Sandoval de la Cruz with representatives from the Huichol homeland of Tateykie, San Andrés Cohamiata presiding. The Fiesta is supported by five Jicareros (those who carry the sacred offerings  to the sacred site). Don Jose’s guidance ensures that the proper offerings are created and consecrated and that the gods of this tradition are satisfied. A growing number of marakate (shamans in the Huichol tradition) and others who also live outside the homelands, participate in this Fiesta each year.

Don Jose singing at Tuki Fiesta

About the Tuki

The Tuki is the ceremonial temple-house of the Huichol tradition. It is referred to as the ‘House of the Gods’ and is cared for as a living being. In 2006, as an acknowledgement of the international  Sacred Fire Community’s growing relationship with the ancestral traditions of the Huichols, the people were blessed by this unprecedented gift of this living ceremonial temple in , Tepoztlán, Mexico. Since that time, this Tuki has become a home for local and international community gatherings, teachings, healing work, ceremonies and pilgrimage. It generously gives our people a place of connection to what is essential in these times of change.

Huichol elders, the Gods and ancestors conferred the treasure and presence of this first Tuki outside of the homelands. Never before in their history has a Tuki resided beyond the Huichol homelands. Grandfather Fire, also known as Tatewarí in the Huichol language, gives a level of distinction for this ceremonial center as a “Principal Tuki”. For the Huichol, this Tuki is directly related to the “Ancestral Tuki” in San Andres Cohamiata which was built honoring the Groupo Tatewari who have heard the calling to this tradition. This group is acknowledged by the Huichols as an authentic expression of their tradition and this particular Ancestral Tuki, the sixth of its kind in San Andres, represents the fulfillment of a portion of the prophecy of the Huichol that a new time has begun for their tradition.

Because of the great respect the Principal Tuki has received from the community and the Huichols of San Andres Cohamiata, its presence and care supports a level of ceremonial work that benefits our people and offers balance to the troubled western world.

The Jicareros

Five marakate in the Huichol tradition are Jicareros (sacred offering-bowl holders and carriers) who oversee the well-being of this Principal Tuki for a five year cycle.  They are endowed to honor and uphold the sacred traditions by bringing the Tuki to life through the creation of the offerings in February of each year of this cycle.  Guided by Tsaurirrikame David Wiley in the traditional manner, they carry the sacred offerings created during the Fiesta hundreds of miles to the sacred desert of Wirikuta. Upon return to the temple they celebrate with community the great blessings and joy as brought forth through the pilgrimage.   The Jicareros offer their lives to care for the Tuki and blessings and healing are bestowed upon those who enter this holy ground. 

Photo Credit: Brian Spielmann

From Left to Right: David Wiley, Tsaurirrikame & Tuki guardian; Jicareros & Marakate: Alan Kerner of Santa Monica, CA; Deanna Jenne of Mesa, Colorado; Karen Aberle of Hunter, NY; Patrick Hanaway of Asheville, NC; and, Jaime Velez of Tepoztlan, MX.