|The rough heart of Tarahumara Country: Copper Canyon|
in northern Mexico.
Photo courtesy of sierraclub.org
The Tarahumara, an indigenous group of northern Mexico who gained widespread attention from the barefoot running craze (check out our post from February 2011 here), have been experiencing a drought that has lasted for over 15 months. The dry conditions have destroyed crops and brough hunger and food shortages to their communities in and around the unforgiving Copper Canyon region. The Tarahumara number over 120,000, and have maintained their distinct culture through the colonial and capitalist eras, but these new environmental events (drought and unusual cold) have made it so that today, they can not feed themselves. The Mexican government has brought in some food supplies, but it appears that more will be needed. The Tarahumara, known for their incredible endurance and strength are now facing another great challenge, this time brought on by the forces of nature that are outside of their control.
Check out this short video from Al Jazeera for more on the developing story:
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