SOC employee lends a helping hand

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By Jennifer Garcia

Rural living is a way of life for some, even in this age of technology.

Getting in touch with nature and living off of the land is appealing to some, but for the Tarahumara Indians of northwest Mexico, remote living is a way of life.

The Spanish, upon their arrival in Mexico in the 1500s, first discovered the Tarahumara throughout Chihuahua. Being a shy, private people, the Tarahumara retreated to the Sierra Tarahumara, where they lived in nearly inaccessible canyons.

The only people who were even remotely successful in following them were the Jesuit missionaries.

The Tarahumaras’ uprooted themselves again when mineral wealth was discovered in the mountains where they had retreated from the Spanish. As a result, they were driven further into the remote canyons.

Today, there exist between 50,000 and 70,000 Tarahumaras, who still live under cliffs, in caves and in small stone or wood cabins in remote areas. Their way of life remains undisturbed by modern technology and remains simple.

Chimayo resident and SOC employee Rosendo Cordova and his wife make regular trips to Copper Canyon to help provide the Tarahumaras with necessities such as clothing, jackets, shoes, cooking oil, rice, beans and potatoes.

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