Pesticides, Tobacco and Health: the Huichol day laborers, mestizo laborers and communal landowners in Nayarit, Mexico.

Patricia Díaz Romo and Samuel Salinas Álvarez
Published by the Huichols and Pesticides Project, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2002
In this case study 448 people participated (161 were Huichols).
This publication shows the results of the assessment of exposure to organophosphate and carbamate pesticides among workers and inhabitants of the tobacco region of Nayarit.
The study also provides data on child labor in harvesting tobacco and the prevalent malnutrition that exists among young workers.

Training Workshop on Risks the Use of Pesticides

The Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Experiences, Documents and Methodologies. 
Patricia Díaz Romo and Samuel Salinas, Human Rights Center Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez, México, 2000.
The workshop was addressed to human rights trainers in rural areas with the aim of promoting respect for the right to information to protect health and to prevent the negative consequences of the use of toxic agrochemicals.
Printed material includes guidelines to present the training workshop on risks when using pesticides, as well as a handbook that each workshop attendee can take with him. The handbook includes the main ideas of the workshop and useful information about what to do in case of poisoning.

The handbook was also translated into 12 indigenous languages.
Download them here as a PDF document:
wixárika (huichol), nayari (cora), o'dam ñi'ok (tepehuano), p'urhepecha (purhépecha), nauatl (nahuatl), xtilla bene xhon (zapoteco sierra, xhon variant), diidxazá (zapoteco Isthmus), tuhum saahan ndavi ñuum skuíia´a (mixteco from Juxtlahuaca), xna' anj nu' (triki from Copala), maaya ta'an (maya peninsular), bats'il c'op (tseltal), batz'i k'op (tzotzil) and spanish.

Press Release Packa

In 1999 the Huichols and Pesticides project, in collaboration with the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO), edited an extensive collection of articles and news reports from 1991 to 1998 related to pesticides.
A second edition in 2002, extended the coverage through year 2000.

A poisoned culture:
the case of the Huichol indigenous farm workers

Patricia Díaz Romo and Samuel Salinas Álvarez
In Abya Yala News - Volumen 11, No. 1, 1998, pp. 10-12.
This article examines the issue of environmental justice relative to the health of indigenous communities, analyzing the social impact of multinational corporations in indigenous territories.
It uses as an example the effects of pesticides on Huichol workers in tobacco fields in Nayarit, Mexico.

Sanitary and ecological consequences from the tobacco production

Chapter published in Tabaquismo en México
How to prevent 60,000 premature deaths each year?

Coordinator: María Elena Medina Mora
El Colegio Nacional, México, 2010, pp. 225-266
This chapter addresses the consequences and the cost to health and to the environment by the intensive use of pesticides in agricultural fields, taking as a case study the cultivation and harvesting of tobacco by Huichol farm workers of Nayarit.

Huichol Indians, Tobacco and Pesticides

in Tobacco Use By Native North Americans:
Sacred Smoke and Silent Killer
Joseph Winter (editor); Oklahoma University;
Oklahoma University Press, 1999.
What Draws the Native Huichol to the Pacific Ocean?
The Ocean is the Source of Life: Huichol Accounts About Tatei Haramara, Our Mother Sea.
By Juan Negrín Fetter to Huichols and Pesticides Project.     
The pilgrimage of the Huichol natives of Northwestern Mexico, knows as Wixaritari in their language, to the Ocean is a vital phenomenon. Although the mostly live a good 100 kilometers from the coast of the state of Nayarit: That is where the sparks of Our Great-Grandfather the Setting-Sun, Tatutsi Sakaimuka, disappear as he enters one of his subterranean aquatic canals, and one waits for Our Father, Tayau, Our Creator, Taweviekame, to reappear on the other side, in the sacred desert of the east, Wirikuta.