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Beyond Nat Geo: Discovering the Tarahumara

February 24, 2010 @ 12:23 PM | Permalink

Rarámuri children. Photographer unknown.


In the recesses of the Sierra Madre Mountains in Northwestern Mexico lies the Barranca del Cobre (Copper Canyon), a natural wonder considered to be yet more spectacular and raw than the Grand Canyon. It is in the gorges, twists and bends of the Barranca del Cobre that the Tarahumara keep their ancient customs and rituals alive.

Legendary for their winged feet, these reclusive people decide who will see them and who will not. With ancient blood coursing through their veins, the Tarahumara live much like their ancestors did more than 2,000 years ago in adobe huts and even caves.

National Geographic published a most compelling article about these indigenous people, also known as the Rarámuri in November of 2008 (A People Apart). But, this March, I will delve yet deeper. I will take to the trails with these legendary runners to get to the heart of their culture. The famed gringo devil and Caballo Blanco (White Horse) will be my guides...

I have compiled notes from those who have gone before me as I prepare for this next adventure. You can read the collection of excerpts on my personal website by clicking the links below:

Mind Scraps: The Legendary Tarahumara

Mind Scraps: Bound for Mexico

The excitement begins when arrive in Chihuahua, MX Saturday, February 27th.

Be sure to check back soon to follow my adventure...


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