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Guitayvo by David Herrera Piña

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Taken by
David Herrera Piña David Herrera Piña
Explore score
2.20 Gigapixels
Date added
May 08, 2011
Date taken
May 07, 2011

Canon EOS 5D Mark II


Guitayvo is an indigenous community as part of the ejido of San Alonso in the town of Urique and is located on a plateau at the edge of Urique Canyon to 2.300 msnmm It features spectacular lookouts where you can feel and witness the majesty of the Urique Canyon. Quite an experience to delve into the lifestyle of community living and also Rarámuri operates this site. Imagine a sunrise with this show.

Copper Canyon (Spanish: Barranca del Cobre) is a group of canyons consisting of six distinct canyons in the Sierra Tarahumara in the southwestern part of the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. The overall canyon system is larger and portions are deeper than the Grand Canyon in neighboring Arizona. The canyons were formed by six rivers which drain the western side of the Sierra Tarahumara (a part of the Sierra Madre Occidental). All six rivers merge into the Rio Fuerte and empty into the Sea of Cortez. The walls of the canyon are a copper/green color which is where the name originates.

The Spanish arrived in the Copper Canyon area in the 17th century and encountered the indigenous locals throughout Chihuahua. For the Spanish, Mexico was a new land to explore for gold and silver and also to spread Christianity. The Spanish named the people they encountered "Tarahumara", derived from the word Raramuri, which is what the indigenous people call themselves. Some scholars theorize that this word may mean ‘The running people'. During the 17th century, silver was discovered by the Spaniards in the land of the Tarahumara tribe. Some were enslaved for mining efforts. There were small uprisings by the Tarahumara, but to little avail. They were eventually forced off of the more desirable lands and up into the canyon cliffs.

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