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The Tarahumara or Rarmuri as they call themselves inhabit the Copper Canyon as it is known in the US or the Sierra Tarahumara in northwest Mexico The actual name Tarahumara was what the first Spanish called these Native American people The Spanish originally encountered the Tarahumara throughout Chihuahua upon arrival in the 1500s After mineral wealth was discovered in the mountains many areas where Tarahumara Indians lived became desirable lands to the miners mining companies forcing the Tarahumara once again to head farther into the remote canyons Today the Tarahumara are Mexicos second largest native Indian group with between 50000 70000 people Today the Tarahumara live in caves under cliffs and in small wood and stone cabins They live a simple life undisturbed by modern technologies They are known as a quiet and considerate people who are expert farmers and runners Rarmuri has been translated to mean runners in their native language Corn is the main staple along with beans Potatoes and apples can also be found Some Tarahumara raise domesticated animals such as goats and cattle Fish small game herbs round out their diet Traditional clothing for the Tarahumara consists of a white cloth shirt and white cloth pants or wraparounds with colorful belts or accessories Headbands of cloth usually red are worn upon the head and sandals are the footwear of choice Running is what the Tarahumara may be most legendary for in the world They have been known to hunt deer by chasing them until the deer drops from exhaustion Running or foot throwing has always been a tradition and necessity of the Tarahumara It is their only mode of transportation and many of the small communities are far apart They also have their own events and this is where foot throwing comes into effect It is a competition known as Rarjparo and consists of a small wooden ball which is thrown by the
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