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The National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City takes a journey through the different indigenous peoples that lived in Mexico long before the arrival of the Europeans: Olmecs, Zapotecs, Mayas, Teotihuacans, Toltecs, Mexicas, Aztecs…

Religion, the way of understanding death and funeral rituals were very important for these peoples. The discovery of the tomb of Pakal the Great, one of the great Maya rulers, was one of the most important chapters in the history of archaeology in Mexico.

Testimonies of a distant pastThrough sculptures, everyday objects, sarcophagi and writings, the National Museum of Anthropology tells us the history of these peoples, what their life and beliefs were like.

At the doors of the museum, a stone giant welcomes visitors: it is the monolith of Tlaloc, one of the most ancient divinities of Mesoamerica. Tlaloc was the god of rain, on whom the crops depended, and that is why he was so revered.

History of the indigenous peoples of mexico

Although the railroad overtook the primary transportation purpose of El Camino Real, the cultural and commercial influences of the trail remain imprinted in the physical landscape, social psyche, and living history of the region. Each footprint left by the wagons, the earthen ditch, and the gravestone is a record of the individuals who braved the trail to transplant their traditions and begin new lives in a foreign, distant land. Modern roads now overlay parts of the trail, but the historic buildings, archaeological sites, and natural landmarks that survive represent the memories of the brave lives and often violent deaths that characterize the north-south narrative of El Camino Real.

Today, both Mexico and the United States honor and preserve the international legacy of El Camino Real. In 2010, UNESCO added sections of El Camino Real in Mexico to its prestigious World Heritage List. The designation highlighted five existing urban World Heritage sites that represent the most important cultural, commercial, spiritual and geographic impacts of El Camino Real, as well as 55 sites related to the use of the road–bridges, chapels, former haciendas and convents, natural landmarks and more. UNESCO also recognized the “exceptional universal value” of El Camino Real in linking Europe and the Americas through the human exchange of languages, cultural traditions, rituals, and trade objects.

62 ethnic groups in mexico

There are many indigenous communities in our country and there are approximately 68 languages in all of Mexico, although nowadays there are fewer and fewer who learn these dialects and little by little they have been lost, leaving behind customs and stories that are of utmost importance.

The following 10 Magical Towns are a sample of some indigenous communities, their work, art, traditions and stories that can be experienced when walking the streets and visiting the places they house.

Its name in Tarahumara means “Encajonado River” and it is located very close to the incredible Copper Canyon. You can find handicrafts made by the indigenous community of the area such as drums, bows, violins, pots, among many others. It is also worth admiring its squares, the rock bridges, the aqueduct of the nineteenth century and know the river.

One of the most beautiful places is Tepoztlán, here you can witness the traditions and culture that the Tepoztecos left in this Magical Town. You can visit the Church of San Miguel, the art galleries, the handicraft stores and the Ex Convent of the Nativity that functions as a museum. Beyond its cultural richness you can do ecotourism activities that will allow you to enjoy your visit.

5 indigenous peoples of mexico

The indigenous population is distributed throughout the territory of Mexico, but is especially concentrated in the Sierra Madre del Sur, the Yucatan Peninsula and in the most remote and difficult to access areas, such as the Sierra Madre Oriental, Sierra Madre Occidental and neighboring areas. The indigenous population in Mexico is not numerous due to mestizaje, but the presence of native Mexicans within the national identity is very present due to the high development of Mesoamerican cultures. Part of Mexico’s mestizo population is influenced and identified by indigenism to a greater extent than other nations with indigenous contingents.

Northern, central and western Mexico is inhabited by groups such as the Tarahumara, Huichol, Mazahua, Otomiés, Purépecha, Mexica, Nahua and Yaqui. In the southeast and south of the country are the Tlapanecos, Mixtecos, Mixes, Triquis, Zapotecos and the Mayas, among others.

Christopher Columbus arrived in America on October 12, 1492 and, after disembarking on the island of Guanahaní, in the Bahamas archipelago, he believed he had reached an island near India. The admiral called the inhabitants of the island Indians, although in reality they were Tainos,[7] and to be more specific, they were Lucayans.[8] What Columbus did not imagine is that by baptizing the inhabitants of Guanahani with that name – and then making it general for all the inhabitants of the islands and mainland he set foot on during his voyages – he was also baptizing innumerable peoples of whom he probably never had any news. Among these unknown peoples are the Mesoamericans, Oasisamericans and Aridoamericans -and the descendants of all of them-, inhabitants of the territory we know today as Mexico.

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