You’re invited to our 2022 Traditional Weather Harvest Festival!

In the abundance of Autumn, we take the time to honor and respect the cycles that nourish our human existence.

Celebrating and being grateful for the rains and all of the Weather Beings is a natural part of being human.

Weather blesses us with so much. At harvest-time, as we receive all of the bounty of our prosperous land, we take a moment to pause and to give back with all our hearts, with our prayers...with three simple offerings.

Called and initiated in the age-old lineage of quiatlzques and quiapaquiz (weather workers in the Nahua native tradition of Central Mexico), we Asheville Weather Workers are a group of people who have devoted our lives to our work with Weather and community. Attend this event to take part in these valuable traditional ways of making relationship with the Rain, Sun, Lightning, Wind and Clouds.
Ancient Native traditions are being revitalized and recognized anew in these times. These ancestral ways have held the balance between us human beings and the world around us for many ages. Now, in 2022, these eternal ways of working with the world can be rediscovered and practiced to unite all of us as a community, as we gather and give thanks for the balanced weather that provides the sustenance for us to live good human lives.
The gifts of Weather are easy to take for granted, unless we face drought or flood. Instead of waiting to be reminded, this year, let's gather on the beautiful, lush land of Sacred Fire Asheville, offer fruits from our harvest, eat and drink together, and express our gratitude for all the good things in life that are so easily lost. This is a way to honor the living world for the gifts that fill our lives every day.
WHEN: 11:30 am on Saturday, October 1, 2022
WHERE: Sacred Fire Asheville, just north of the city of Asheville, NC
WHO: Adults and children are welcome! Please register each person attending.
WHAT TO BRING: Please view these details about the traditional offerings and other items to bring.
Please reference any NC.gov COVID requirements  for the date of the event. Masking is optional. Please do not come if you have symptoms, have been exposed to Covid recently, are sick or feel you could be contagious.

Learn more about our tradition in this short video:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Leader and Our Tradition

Our Caporal Mayor, don David Wiley

We offer our deepest thanks and respect to our caporal mayor, also known as temachtian, don David Wiley. He leads us with courage, insight and patience since our tradition's previous leader, his predecessor don Lucio Campos Elizalde, passed away in 2005. Don David leads over seventy of us quiatlzques (the Nahuatl name for female weather workers) and quiapequiz (male weather workers). We do our work at our home regions in Mexico, across the USA, in Canada, and in the United Kingdom.

To learn more about don David Wiley, please visit the main website for our tradition, weatherwork.org, or don David's website.

don David Wiley granicero Asheville weather workers
don David Wiley
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don Lucio Campos

Our Nahua Lineage

Please view this new, short documentary about our tradition:

 


 

The following information is from don David Wiley's website, keepsthefire.org
The area of the Nahua people of the central highlands of Mexico, the homeland of our weather work tradition.
The area of the Nahua people of the central highlands of Mexico, the homeland of our weather work tradition.

The Nahua

The central highlands of Mexico are home to the largest population of the indigenous peoples known as the Nahua. Concentrated in small villages scattered throughout the mountains and valleys of this land, the Nahua have practiced their time-honored traditions that see the natural world as alive and sacred. After the Spanish Conquest and a period of colonization in the early to late 1500’s, the Nahua learned to protect their traditions through hiding and blending their views, ceremonies and processes with Catholic symbolism and approaches (syncretism). For instance, many of their annual cyclic ceremonies are masked behind Catholic saint celebrations. These ceremonies are performed in order to maintain the natural order and ask for blessings and support from a variety of divine expressions. They believe that sickness can be the result of a disruption of the natural order and are known for their use of shamans, often called tepahtiani or curanderos, where they employ rituals, herbs, cleanings (limpias) and ritual sweat baths, called temezcallis to treat a wide variety of illnesses.

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Sacred offerings in the tradition of the qualtzques, or Nahua weather workers

The Path of a Granicero

In the days before and during the arrival of Europeans these people were known in the Nahua villages as a quiatlzques, or someone who makes “watery” arrive or a quiapaquiz, someone that makes moisture rise up and inundates the land. Today, in Spanish they are more likely to be called trabajadores del tiempio (“workers of the rain-time”, or tiemperos for short), graniceros (“one who works with hail and storms”) or pedidores de agua(“petitioners for water”). In the common use of English they are simply called “weather workers.”

Being called to this path begins with a clear sign that a person is being asked to act as an emissary between the weather gods and the people. This can come from surviving a lightening strike, special dreams or unusual illnesses. Once the calling is authenticated by an elder granicero, sometimes called a caporal mayoror a temachtian, the tiempero will undergo a process of initiation and learning in order to bring rains or intervene when strong storms arrive.

Read about Casa Xiuhtecuhtli, the home of our tradition.