Dodging Bullets Raises Funds for one and one half Scholarships for Indigenous Huichol University Students

The screening raised enough to offer an additional one and a half scholarships to Indigenous Huichol University students in the fall of 2019

Dr. Brian McDougall, Adjunct Professor, Indigenous & Canadian Studies – Carleton University, brought Dodging Bullets—Stories from Survivors of Historical Trauma to be screened as a fundraiser to provide scholarships to Huichol University students. The film was screened to a full house with many people staying long after to discuss the film, the issues it raised, and the situation of the local Indigenous nation, the Huichol (or “Wixarika’, as they refer to themselves). The discussion period demonstrated the film had a serious and very positive impact on our audience of American and Canadian expats, assisting them to understand the phenomena of historical trauma and colonialism.

Executive Producer, Larry Long was in attendance and served as an ambassador for the film, working closely on every aspect of the fundraiser and then fielding questions at the event. Huichol Scholarship Fund is grateful for Larry’s initiative and commitment to the cause of strengthening Huichol capacity for self-determination.

The film showing raised enough to offer an additional one and a half scholarships to Huichol university students in the fall of 2019. That is significant, because Mexico has very low average educational levels (e.g., second to last among 30+ OECD countries), with Indigenous educational levels being much worse than those of the general population. Currently, only 10% of the Indigenous students who manage to enter university programs complete, with most dropping out for financial reasons. Because Indigenous leaders, including young educated ones, are regularly assassinated in Mexico, support for initiatives like the Huichol Scholarship Fund is a particularly strategic way to oppose the ongoing traumatization of Mexico’s Indigenous peoples.

The Huichol, or Wixarika, like other Indigenous peoples in Mexico, are very poor. Their home communities in the mountains have worse living conditions, educational and social services than those enjoyed by other Mexicans.

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Location of the Huichols in western Mexico
Huichol women and children
Huichol yarn painting
Larry Long