The Indigenous Tarahumara of Mexico: A Photographic Journey

The Tarahumara are an isolated and traditional Native American group living in the deep canyons of the western Sierra Madre in lower Chihuahua, Mexico. Many still live in caves and most continue to pursue ancient maize cultivation. The Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University, houses twenty-five thousand digital images of the Tarahumara that were taken by Fr. Luis Verplancken during his fifty years of service as a Jesuit priest. A sampling of these images may be seen at:

The following photos provide a sample of those taken during my sojourns among the Tarahumara. They depict the rugged landscapes of their native homeland, as well as maize cultivation and free-range livestock grazing: