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The Life of Tarahumaras

Wednesday - July 16, 2014 2:20 pm
The Life of Tarahumaras
The Tarahumaran Culture is one of the world's best preserved in Mexico and in the world. They live on their own traditions and rules, many of they do not have even a registry of their date of birth.

Tarahumaras grow in traditional indigenous families, when they are young they start working on harvesting beans and maize. They also learn that they need to earn the right to eat by working with their family, hunting little animals or finding plants. 

Life of some young Tarahumaras can be difficult, many suffer a bad nutrition and low academic education or none. For example Patrocinio Lopez, a renowned Tarahumara, lost his father when he was 12 years old. When he was 14 years old he had to work for the post office carrying up to 170 kilograms (374 pounds) and transporting them from La Bufa to the Plaza of Batopilas for 24 kilometers and then he ran home 16 kilometers uphill. 

Some years later Patrocinio lost his job because a new road was built and cars substitute Tarahumaran shippers. One day he met an American, Richard D. Fisher, in the road who became his friend, this friendship may have influenced thousands of people in United Stated, Mexico and Europe. Patrocinio became a profesional runner and showed the tarahumaran culture in many places of the world.

Today the Tarahumaras live all over Copper Canyon in small houses or caves keeping their traditions that include, building instruments and art crafts, dancing and running over the Sierra Tarahumara. The Tarahumaras might be the most skilled long distance runners in the world, sometimes they run for days kicking a ball with their sandals for more than 100 kilometers.

The Tarahumaras and their culture are of great value for Mexico's and the world's heritage. In all our Copper Canyon tours you will be able to see and meet some Tarahumaras.