Mexico's Sierra Tarahumara
Language: en
Pages: 212
Authors: William Dirk Raat
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996 - Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

The Tarahumara, "people of the edge", live on the boundaries of civilization, in the mountains and canyonlands of Mexico's Sierra Tarahumara. There, in southwestern Chihuahua, terrain terminates at the edge of canyons; there mountains border the sky. In these pages, words by W. Dirk Raat and images by George R. Janecek are testimony to the endurance of the Tarahumara people. Today, roughly fifty thousand Tarahumaras continue living in ways similar to those of their ancestors, retaining many customs from their pre-Columbian past. At the same time, as outsiders modify the environment in an effort to subsist - and to profit - the Tarahumara have adapted their culture in order to survive. Contemporary Tarahumara culture is a product largely of the Jesuit era, from 1607 to 1767. The native people responded to the Spanish either by trying to live beyond the influence of the Church or by becoming Christianized Indians and seeking Church protection. This distinction still can be seen. However, even those who became Christian did not succumb to attempts to eradicate traditional religious and cultural practices. Rather they incorporated Christianity into their own world view. The nineteenth century saw the arrival of gold and silver miners and of American promoters seeking to extend their commercial empire into northern Mexico. The twentieth century has witnessed the Mexican Revolution and the emergence of the "mestizo age". In the canyon homelands of the Tarahumara, railroads and electricity have facilitated extensive timber and copper mining as well as increased tourism.
Language: en
Pages: 141
Authors: Bernard L. Fontana
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 1997-09 - Publisher: University of Arizona Press

Inhabiting the Sierra Madre Occidental of southwestern Chihuahua in Mexico, the Tarahumara (or Rar‡muri) are known in their language as the "foot runners" due to the way in which they must navigate their rugged terrain. This book offers an accessible ethnography of their history, customs, and current life, accompanied by photographs that offer striking images of these gentle people. The subtitle of the book derives from the Tarahumar's belief that the soul works at night while the body sleeps and that during this "day of the moon" both the spirits of the dead and the souls of the living move about in their mysterious ways. As the authors observe, the fact that "so many men, women, and children persist in distinctive, centuries-old cultural traditions in spite of their nearness to all the complexities and attractions of modern industrial society is an importatn part of the story." Their book tells that story and brings readers closer to understanding the Tarahumara world and way of life.
In the Sierra Madre
Language: en
Pages: 184
Authors: Jeff Biggers
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 2006 - Publisher: University of Illinois Press

This groundbreaking and extraordinary memoir chronicles the astonishing history of one of the most famous yet unknown regions in the world. Based on his one-year sojourn among the Raramuri/Tarahumara, award-winning journalist Biggers uncovers the remarkable treasures of the Sierra Madre.
The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas
Language: en
Pages: 464
Authors: EDT Trigger
Categories: History
Type: BOOK - Published: 1996 - Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Amphibians [and] Reptiles of the Sierra Tarahumara of Chihuahua, Mexico
Language: en
Pages: 405
Authors: Julio A.. Lemos Espinal, Hobart Muir Smith, Alexander Cruz
Categories: Amphibians
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013 - Publisher:

Books about Amphibians [and] Reptiles of the Sierra Tarahumara of Chihuahua, Mexico