The Tarahumara people of northern Mexico are well known for their long-distance running ability, and they have survived a variety of challenges over the past five hundred years, including the influx of Spanish conquistadors into their region. Recently, National Geographic sent Cynthia Gorney and photographer Robb Kendrick to take an investigative look into this unique group of people. Visitors can read their account here on this interactive feature, which contains both the published text and the accompanying photographs. The article looks at how the Tarahumara are coping with the increasing pressures of modernity, along with offering some commentary on their own cultural and social milieu. Additionally, visitors should not miss the GeoPedia article on the Tarahumara, as it features other online resources about them and an extensive bibliography.


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