Native American Nations in Mexico
West Indian Cultures
Indigenous Peoples Of Mexico
While speaking about peoples and anthropology, the Indigenous nations from Canada to Mexico are called Native North Americans and each political country divides itself up further into First Nations, Native Americans, and Native or Indigenous Mexican Americans.
At least 60 separate Native Mexican American Nations (Mexicas, in their own language) have lived in Mexico since these peoples first appeared on the land, migrating gradually from the Old World. We think that their forbears came across the Bering Strait on foot, but also across the Pacific Ocean by dugout and other means. Once in North America, waves of immigrants may have intermixed and then surely intermixed with Europeans later.
The Indigenous Peoples of Mexico still living there today are called
- Tarascan, and
The Huichol are a very interesting people. Huichol Indians live in the Sierra Madre Mountain Range in Mexico and are well known for wonderfully intricate yarn paintings and for their beautiful bead work.
Before doing one of their yarn paintings, they take peyote, a drug made naturally in a cactus type plant. This hallucinogen is so powerful that it allows them to have an alternate experience in which they travel with spirits and speak with them about their art.
Reindeer Visions In Mexico
For the Huichol that has taken the drug peyote in this manner, it is a goal to have the vision of a reindeer in their travels with the spirits. This is unusual since there are no reindeer in Mexico.
To envision a reindeer while under the influence of peyote as a spiritual experience means that they have made with their Gods and that their communications with them are all sacred. From all of this, the artist uses what was seen in the alternate experience to make their paintings.
I have read Russian poets refer to this experience as the Other World. Australian aborigines call part of it The Dreamtime. Christian mystics have experienced visions of Jesus Christ. We must not belittle these experiences as important or useful to the people. How interesting it is that the reindeer pulls up the sun each morning in the legends of the People of the North in Russia and the reindeer becomes a Dragon in the East, then becomes a reindeer again in Mexico. Such stories can be a marker for these civilizations to be closely related in culture and DNA/RNA. This lends credence to the beliefs that the People of the North migrated through Northeast Asia, into Alaska, Canada, what is now USA, and southward all the way to the tip of south America - and probably back up into the Ohio Valley.
This is mind boggling. I may have dentine the research I found in1996 that indicated that the Iroquois Confederation (at least one member nation) is closely related to the Zulu in Africa. One marker for this was the same word for "cousin" existing in both languages. I could not pronounce it.
Legends of Blue Deer and Repopulation of Endangered Species
The Huichol Indians wanted to populate their forests with deer, because they believed the reindeer once roamed free among those areas. So, they traveled 600 miles to find the deer they needed.
The Mexico City Zoo gave 20 blue deer Huichol People in 1986 and the people started a new wild herd on their own lands in the forests.
Two years after the project began, in 1988, the Mexican government recognized the Indians' re-population of forests with deer by giving them the National Ecology Prize.
The government of the state of Nayarit, Mexico, where the Huichol live, signed an agreement with the Cousteau Society to preserve their area for ecologically safe tourism: The blue deer is the intuition that speaks to their heart, if they just listen.
Blue Deer Historical Fiction
Based on the true story of the Huichol Indian's 600 mile pilgrimage to save the Earth.
Purepecha and Tarascan People
Purepecha and Tarascan Indians
The Purepecha live in the Sierra Madres in the State of Michoacan. They still speak their native Indian language and keep many ancient customs.
They make sculptures from local clay and paint. They combine Catholicism with their native beliefs in surreal and imaginative folk art.
Purépecha ared also called Tarascans or Tarscos,and Porhé. Their ancient empire rivaled the Aztec Empire during the Fifteenth and early Sixteenth Centuries (1400 - 1500 AD).
Their language is classified as an isolated language, spoken along southern fringes of south Jalisco.
These folks make colorful cars that are riden by skeletons and devils, in order to warn about the dangers inherent in reckless driving.
Mexican Native Americans in History
- Mayan Football
Mayan ball courts in Mexico required passing a ball through a hole high on the court wall, while kicking and throwing a larger ball at statues. It was a very intense and vital sport in Mayan culture.
Additional Ruins Found In Mexico, Summer 2013
- Archeologists found the rubble of a large Mayam city that was lost for centuries on the Yucutan peninsula. It includes 54 acres of pyramids, plazas, Mayan ball courts, and stone slabs with inscriptions. Among the 15 pyramids one stands 75 feet tall. The city is 75 miles west of Chetumal in the southeastern region of the State of Campeche on the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve and is named Chactun, meaning Red Stone or Great Stone.
Mayan Wall SculptureClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Mayans Lived Also In Central America
- Native American Nations in Central America: Groups, Arts and Culture
Central America includes the countries of Belize, Costa, Rica, El Salvadore, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.
© 2007 Patty Inglish
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