Chichimeca is the collective name for several different groups living mostly in central Mexico. Chichimeca Jonaz, for example, live in the San Luis de la Paz community.
"We were colonized by germs, guns and God.’' - Mexican saying
The Chichimecas were a semi-nomadic group whose turbulent history includes violent clashes with the Spanish colonizers.
Rarámuri means ‘barefoot runners’, and this community is known all over the world for their extraordinary endurance and running abilities. Men, women and children have extremely good endurance, and some regularly run hundreds of kilometres through the canyons.
Rarámuri can run hundreds of kilometres without ever stopping.
They wear huaraches, locally made sandals, rather than modern running shoes. Companies all over the world replicate the original Rarámuri sandals, to inspire and perhaps aid endurance.
The Zapotecs were once one of the most important civilizations in the region. Today around a million people belong to this cultural group. Zapotec women in the Istmo de Tehuantepec region are known as Tehuanas.
'On the colourful Day of the Dead festival, we are honouring and remembering lost loved ones.'
The cultural 'Day of the Dead' festival is all about the love of life, celebrated in dance, song and costume. Every family sets up a shrine with pictures of those they have lost and wish to remember and visits the graves of relatives.