|HUICHOLS PROTEST OPEN PIT MINING AT WIRIKUTA, ONE OF THEIR SACRED MOUNTAINS|
|HUICHOL YARN “PAINTING”|
They are seen walking around town, the women wearing long, gathered and brightly colored skirts and long sleeved blouses and the men in white or natural colored cotton pants and long shirts, both elaborately embroidered (electric pink is a favored color) with images of the natural world. In Puerto Vallarta, there are several shops selling Huichol art, which includes yarn “paintings,” woven bags, embroidered clothing, beaded jewelry, beaded animals and beaded pictures frames, etc.
|HUICHOL SKIRT AND SHIRT|
Known to themselves as the Wixarica people and “the healers,” they were named Huichols by the Spaniards in the 16th century. With a long tradition of rejecting Catholicism, many of the Huichols have maintained their Shamanistic customs, and like many indigenous groups in America, peyote is used in their religious practices.
Because of droughts, damage to their lands and loss of wildlife, thousands of Huichols have had to leave their villages for towns and cities, far from their sacred mountains. Wirikuta, located between Sierra Madre Occidental and the Zacatecas ranges and encompasses 140 hectors of desert land. It is considered the Huichols´most sacred mountain because it is the place where they believe the sun was born. Every year between October and March, Huichols make a 250 mile ceremonial pilgrimage to Wirikuta, which is important to them for the peyote hunt and for the deer dance.
|HICHOL BEADED BRACELETS|
|HUICHOL WOVEN BAG AND BEADED FRAME|
|HUICHOL BEADED DEER|
Note: In last week´s blog, I incorrectly identified the pole ceremony as being performed by the Huichol Indians, instead of the Totonaca Indians. Thanks to an astute reader, a correction was made immediately. If you didn´t see the correct version: http://gretchen-peace-and-pv.blogspot.mx/2014/05/lopez-mateos.html
HOT CLINIC AT PLAZA CARACÓL
|UNDER THE TENT AT PLAZA CARACÓL|
|DR. ANTHONY PERFORMING SURGERY IN THE HORSE TRAILER “MOBILE CLINIC”|
It was the second scheduled visit of the PEACEAnimals mobile clinics to Plaza Caracól, a busy shopping mall about 15 minutes south of the airport. On Wednesday, the team and volunteers spent a suffocatingly hot day either inside the horse trailer, which serves as a mobile clinic when we have no indoor space, or under a small canvas tent.
|KITTENS PANTING IN THE HEAT UNDER THE TENT|
On the following days, the vet team was invited to move inside the empty end of the mall at the McDonald´s entrance, where it was still very warm. A sweating employee at McDonald´s said the AC had been out for fifteen days. The rains on Friday and Saturday nights and gave relief from the heat and high humidity.
Female dogs – 33; Male dogs – 14;
Female cats -54; Male cats – 33
PLUS pregnancies terminated for the following: 1 cat with 4 fetuses; 1 cat with 3 fetuses; 1 dog with 5 fetuses = 12 animals saved from being born to suffer.
|PLAZA CARACÓL CLINIC|
Michael Turner – $50 USD
GreaterGood – $379 USD (monies are distributed quarterly)
11-14 San Pancho- Casa de la Tercera Edad – on the main road (Pets for Life clinic)
15 Tepic (Pets for Life clinic)
18-21 Pitillal – main plaza (la delegación)
25-28 La Cruz – Address: calle delfin #1,
SOS RE ISLAND CATS: There are basically only two people feeding about 60 cats and kittens and catching them to take to clinics. Help is desperately needed to do both. Contact: [email protected]
|WAITING FOR ADOPTION AT THE ACOPIO|
|WAITING FOR ADOPTION AT THE ACOPIO|
HOMES NEEDED: For the thousands of dogs and cats on the streets here and for dozens of healthy and beautiful dogs and cats at the Centro de Acopio, the city´s no-kill pound. Open Monday-Saturday from 8 AM-2 PM. 293-3690. The Acopio is now holding adoptions every Saturday from 11 AM-2 PM at Plaza Caracól (back end of building near McDonald´s entrance).
|LOST AND FOUND CHIHUAHUA WITH OWNER|
LOST AND FOUND: On her way home from the clinic, director Paulina Stettner saw a tan Chihuahua on a main road running frantically under cars. She caught the dog, took it home with her and brought it to the clinic the next morning. Serendipitously, the owners were located the following afternoon. They were visiting from las Palmas and had left their two Chihuahuas in the car with partially opened windows. Relieved to be reunited with their pet, they weren´t angry that the dog they had planned to breed had been spayed.
|BABY POSSUM FOR ADOPTION|
RESCUED AND NEEDS HOME: “Mollie” was rescued by local artist, Judith Ewing Morlan, who is moving to Hawaii and can´t take all of her rescues with her. Mollie is a small, leggy, four-year old who is spayed and vaccinated. She is a darling dog.
Please contact Judith if you would like to meet Mollie.: jemcontempart
|ABANDONED AT CLINIC AND ADOPTED|
ADOPTED: A pretty little brown female puppy left at the clinic for spaying this week. The man registering the puppy gave a fake telephone and address and didn´t return for her. Paulina, who rescues so many animals, found a home for the ten-week old puppy. This is Paulina´s fourth rescue and fourth adoption this week.
|RESCUED BY ADRIANA AND ADOPTED|
ADOPTED: The little orange male kitten found Adriana, who lives across the street. I took him to the clinic and he was adopted the next day by her sister, Josefina, who lives a block away. The kitten looks very happy romping with a Chihuahua on the terrace.
GREATERGOOD – MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Allison Wexler, director of development for the GreaterGood, submitted our name to the Gift that Gives More(™) for approval to be the “Click Project” in June, and it was selected for June 20. This means that for about 3 days, the GTGM will be featured on the www.GreaterGood.comlanding page. CLICK ON the blue button for free to raise money for PeaceAnimals: http://greatergood.me/1iMH7r8
|INDOORS AT PLAZA CARACÓL|
To donate to PEACEAnimals clinics, please click on this link. http://bit.ly/1cWY0lP
|REGINA, STAR VOLUNTEER, CLEANING SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS AT PLAZA CARACÓL CLINIC|
|FRANK OHLY, OTHER STAR VOLUNTEER, AT PLAZA CARACÓL CLINIC|
VOLUNTEERS: PLEASE SIGN UP WITH PAULINA STETTNER. WE NEED YOUR HELP! [email protected]
|PAULINA SHAVING FEMALE CAT IN PRE-OP AT PLAZA CARACÓL|
|PEACEANIMALS CLINIC AT PLAZA CARACÓL|
|DR. POLI PREPARING FOR SURGERY AT PLAZA CARACÓL CLINIC|
COST FOR ONE SURGERY WEEK CLINIC IS APPROXIMATELY $1,700 USD.
AVERAGE NUMBER OF CATS AND DOGS STERILIZED PER SURGERY WEEK IS 93.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:
El costo para nosotros de una clínica cada semana es $ 1,700 EE.UU. Estamos revisando los costos porque los prescios de los suministros y medicinas han subido, además los salarios.
LAS CLÍNICAS NECESITAN FONDOS. Por favor, considere donar.
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Gracias por su interés y su apoyo.