Fundación Infantil Semilla A.C.
The Infantil Semilla A.C. Foundation is an organization and reception centre dedicated to improving the living conditions of indigenous children in Durango. It is a safe, safe and non-violent space that provides comprehensive care to migrant Aboriginal children and adolescents from 0 to 14 years of age, as well as food, clothing, medical and psychological care, education, cultural workshops and art, recreational activities and the opportunity to learn a trade, in order to promote their overall development in harmony with respect for their culture, language and Traditions.
At the initiative of Teresa Janette payan, The foundation was established in 2008 in the state of Durango at the current address Libertad # 507 Esq. With Mascareñas in the city of Durango, with the mission of being a bridge between civil society and our vulnerable indigenous communities, which allows us to meet the most urgent needs of children in our community, and thus make every child have the basis for its development.
Here are the two communities mainly living in the state of Durango and which are helped by the Foundation:
In 2015 6.5% of the population in Mexico spoke an indigenous language. In particular, in the state of Durango, there were 1,509,117 indigenous people, where 51% were Women.
The southern Tepehuans (O’dam in their own language) today inhabit the southern part of the ancient Tepehuan territory in parts of the Sierra Madre occidental, in the state of Durango and in the small areas of northern Nayarit and Jalisco. The differences between Tepehuanes in the south and the north, manifested clearly in their language, clothing, social organization and religion, as well as their ideas, beliefs about the world, the material aspects of life and culture. Even in the south, in the same language, there are dialectal differences (phonetic and lexical).
In southern communities Tepehuan can be found flora and fauna, such as ocelot, armadillo, Coralillo snakes, Tilcuate, plants like Guamúchiles, plum, Sapodilla and Arrayan.
As for crafts they develop backpacks made of yarns (loom or cross stitch) and networks (ixtle or plastic cord), hats, benches, reeds, pans, Grills and raw clay plates.
They also work on objects that are not systematically marketed as dolls and rustic mud animals to play.
Some traditions prevail and represent a part of their cultural richness. Healers use the heat they get from rubbing hands and do bad energy “cleansing” with Eagle or Hawk Feathers. Any cure is much more effective if it is practiced during mitosis (mayhem).
All these elements, natural, social and economic, represent their culture. They inherited it and that is reflected in their crafts, color, religion, stories, flowers, drawings, their roots and all their lives.
The traditional territory of the Wixaritari community (singular: Wixarika) or Huichol covers portions of four states: Jalisco, Nayarit, Durango and Zacatecas. It was estimated for 2003 a population of 43,929,000 most adult males (and, to a lesser extent, women) are bilingual or have a good knowledge of Spanish.
Productive activities are mainly for subsistence farming, fishing or hunting, especially deer. The crops are corn, squash, amaranth, beans and Chili.
Huichol’s artistic expression is reflected in its artisanal production, which is characterized by the symbolism of the whole culture, such as the religious sphere, their cosmogony, nature and their parts. One of the main characteristics of their religion is the association between maize, Deer and peyote (peyote).
This is why in handcrafted pieces can be found animal designs, such as deer, coyote, peacock, including Ara. On the other hand, the Peyote is very important for the huichol, even for their festivities, so it is an element of its artistic Expression.
For clothing, mainly women are not neglected and the “peyote” is thus present in rooms such as necklaces, earrings and key chains.
There are important links in the manufacturing process and the sale of crafts, which must be supported by strategies and solutions for these indigenous families Huichol and Tepehuan effective to improve their income and have a Better quality of Life. therefore, the Infantill Semilla A.C. Foundation Executes this process by creating strategies, in each link that begins with the invitation to artisans to continue to do the art and commitment that will be supported throughout the system until the sale of their parts. The Foundation made gifts in kind and economical to their families, including their Children. She knows very closely and for more than 15 years, the needs of craftsmen and artisans, it does not end there, We also create support with regard to the acquisition of the raw material, which allows them to buy at a better price without difficulties of Existence.
When the piece is finished, the foundation helps with the sale of crafts at a fair price without Intermediaries. These principles are an integrated support to protect indigenous art and Culture.
It is important to underline the efforts made by artisans, because apart from the difficulty encountered during the manufacturing and sales process, They also fight against discrimination, in the face of difficult situations such as migration, Disintegration of the family, aggression and lack of food.
It should be noted, be aware of the value and act in such a way that these families have a better life, we will choose handmade pieces, made in mexico. The Foundation with the support of the people and their generosity will continue to create strategies to support Aboriginal Families and act on behalf of Children.
You can provide your help by sponsoring a child and contribute to its growth, development, integration into society, with financial assistance of $3 MXN (€0.15) per day or €5 per month for their clothes, their food, their shoes, To obtain school supplies, but also to acquire the crafts made by the communities, Hand-made encouraging fair trade and promotes the socio-economic development of the latter and helps them to improve their lives Daily.