Who Are the Tarahumara Indians?

October 15, 2008

Who Are the Tarahumara?

The Tarahumara Indians have become quite a legend over the centuries as a symbol of antiquity, enchantment, and endurance. The Tarahumara culture dates all the way back to the Stone Age, and elements of that time period continue to direct Tarahumara life. Many Tarahumaras live in caves or rough cabins throughout the year, farm food or raise livestock for a living, and typically migrate at least once each year.

The Tarahumara culture is also very captivating, with rich traditions and strong religious roots. Though much of the Tarahumara religion has unique customs, many Tarahumara rituals come from Roman Catholic Christianity, including the celebration of Easter and Christmas. The Easter celebration in particular is quite a sight to behold. This ceremony is essentially a live depiction of good and evil: several Tarahumara Indians paint their faces, dress up as devils, and walk around “tempting” the other Indians. Each person who is confronted by these “devils” can then practice their ability to ignore the advances of evil. Singing and dancing are also an important part of the worship ceremony.

Born to Run

The most well-known trait of the Tarahumara is their ability to run long distances in homemade shoes called huaraches. Tarahumaras make these shoes out of rubber from old tires and strap them to their feet using strips of dried leather. Though the design sounds crude, it is surprisingly durable and effective. In fact, the shoes work so well that prominent shoe companies like Nike have begun to design shoes like the Tarahumara huaraches (read an article on this ).

A Dwindling Society 

Centuries ago, the Tarahumara people lived in areas across the entire state of Chihuahua. When Spanish explorers arrived in Mexico in the 16th century, however, the Tarahumaras lost a great deal of their land. As the years passed, modern culture and development have continued to endanger the Tarahumara way of life and push the Indians further up the Copper Canyon, where the climate is more extreme. The climate in the Copper Canyon is dry to begin with, but a drought has plagued the area for years, making survival difficult for the Tarahumara people. With very little water at their disposal, it is difficult to keep their livestock and crops alive.

To make matters worse, the Tarahumara have no sustainable source of income, so they are left with few options for improvement. Though their homemade goods-beautiful homemade pottery, jewelry, bags, and baskets-are purchased by visitors, very few people are willing to purchase these items on a regular, long-term basis. These infrequent purchases are hardly enough to sustain the Tarahumara community for long.

In hopes of finding a solution to these difficulties, many Tarahumara travel down to the cities, where they walk the streets and try to eke out a living selling their handmade goods. Unfortunately, many of these people have been so engrained in their own culture for so long that they find it hard to make the transition from their homelands to modern society. With nothing-no land, no sustainable means of income-they have hardly any hope of success in the modern world.

The Tarahumara Project

The hardships of the Tarahumara people have compelled Trivani to create the Tarahumara project and place it at the forefront of the Humanitarian Circle program. Our goal is to help preserve this wonderful, ancient culture before it becomes too late. The world just wouldn’t be the same without such talented, colorful, charming people.

The Tarahumara project covers one of the most pressing problems the Tarahumara face: lack of water. The other aspect of the Tarahumara project aims to provide a more reliable source of income for the Tarahumara by making their homemade products-pottery, jewelry, bags, etc-available for purchase at our Humanitarian Circle parties. A substantial portion of these purchases will go directly to water project construction and to the Tarahumara people, who can then purchase the materials they need to make more goods to sell.

How You Can Help 

Humanitarian Circle parties provide a direct way for you to help the Tarahumara: with a simple purchase. When a Humanitarian Circle guest, host, or presenter purchases an InstaLast package-one bottle of InstaLast, Trivani’s amazing new skin care product, and a beautiful Tarahumara pot to display in your home or office-at a Humanitarian Circle party, a portion of that purchase goes directly to the Tarahumara project. It only takes a small amount to really make a difference for these people, and it’s a rewarding experience for yourself and your family as well: Not only can you receive two incredible products with your purchase, but you can also feel the joy that comes from serving those who are less fortunate than yourself.

When you purchase an InstaLast package at a Humanitarian Circle, you are essentially providing the Tarahumara with a way to remain in their lands, keep their native customs, and live the way they always have-undisturbed by encroaching modern society.

Learn More

Visit www.HumanitarianCircles.com to learn more about the Humanitarian Circles program.

Visit www.MyTrivani.com/LisaMcClatchy to learn more about Trivani.

Get Started

Humanitarian Circles are a great resource for those who desire greater social, financial, and creative freedom in life while enjoying a greater purpose. The program is also extremely flexible and can help you to reach your goals and improve your Purpose, Health, and Prosperity. If this sounds exciting and fitting for the goals you have set, we encourage you to get involved and see how you like it.

There are three ways to get involved in the Humanitarian Circle program:

  1. Attend a party as a guest
  2. Host a party
  3. Present a party

Please contact me  via email, or phone (484) 744-4540, with any questions about becoming a Trivani Humanitarian Circles party guest, host or presenter. Sign up today to become a Trivani Child Guardian and start your involvement in the Humanitarian Circle program! I am so excited to help you get started in this amazing program!

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One Response to “Who Are the Tarahumara Indians?”

  1. Evie said

    I would like more information

    Thank you
    Evie

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