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The Tarahumara Indians

More About the Tahrhumara

The Tarahumara or Rarámuri, as they call themselves, inhabit the Copper Canyon, as it is known in the U.S., or the Sierra Tarahumara in northwest Mexico. The Spanish originally encountered the Tarahumara throughout Chihuahua upon arrival in the 1500's, but as the Spanish encroached on their civilization the shy and private Tarahumara retreated for the nearly inaccessible canyons of the Sierra Tarahumara.

Today, the Tarahumara are Mexico's second largest native Indian group with between 50,000 & 70,000 people. They live in caves, under cliffs and in small wood and stone cabins in remote areas. They are known as a quiet and considerate people who are expert farmers and runners. Due to severe drought in northern Mexico, the Tarahumara have suffered famine in the past few years.

The Tarahumara are a proud people that have endured many hardships. They lead very rough and often difficult lives. They are teetering between their traditional lifestyle and assimilation into the Mexican culture. Unfortunately, they are somewhat stuck between the two and often live hand to mouth. Hunger and exposure are too well known among the people.

By being able to continue their traditional crafts, they preserve their cultural roots and their dignity as they work to provide for their families.

Through our partnership with the Mission Del Rey and the "Helping Hands Ministry", Southwest Indian Treasures is helping to support the Tarahumara Indians.

A portion of proceeds are used to buy food and supplies. At the Mission, located in the heart of the Sierra Madre of northern Mexico, the Indian people can trade their hand-crafts for things they need. We call it "Helping Hands."

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