The sacred itinerary of the Huichol: An example of the complexity of the legal protection of the spirit of the place

Ritch Grande Ampudia, James and Becerril Miró, José Ernesto (2008) The sacred itinerary of the Huichol: An example of the complexity of the legal protection of the spirit of the place. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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The Huichol Route through Natural Sacred Sites to Huiricuta has been included in the Mexican Tentative List; it is an east-west corridor of 800 kilometers that stretches from the Pacific coast to the Chihuahan Desert. The route is sacred to the Huichol indigenous peoples, and has existed for millennia. It includes natural places (forests, rivers, rocks and landscapes) considered sacred sites. Following an ancient tradition, annually, the Huichol undertake a pilgrimage through the sacred route renewing its cultural and spiritual meaning. This route represents an excellent example how the relation between the immaterial heritage and natural places creates transcendental meanings for the identity and religious life of a community. When we analyze the design of a strategy for the protection of this itinerary, it is evident that the legal treatment of the spirit of the place represents a complex challenge for national cultural heritage legislation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Ritch Grande Ampudia, James
Becerril Miró, José Ernesto
Languages: English
Keywords: natural site; cultural route; intangible heritage; sacred place; aboriginal sites; protection; legal protection; identity; spirit of place; tentative list; aboriginal cultures
Subjects: E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 11. Legal protection and Administration
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 07. Cultural routes
K. LEGAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES > 03. National/Regional legislations
O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 04. Social practices, rituals and festive events
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 19A. Places of religion and ritual
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Huichol Route, Mexico
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2010 07:57
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2023 14:46
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