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Tarahumara
Where Night is the Day of the Moon
By Bernard L. Fontana; John P. Schaefer
141 pp. / 8.50 in x 11.00 in / 1997
Paper (978-0-8165-1706-0)
  
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  - Native American Studies


Inhabiting the Sierra Madre Occidental of southwestern Chihuahua in Mexico, the Tarahumara (or Rarámuri) are known in their language as the "foot runners" due to the way in which they must navigate
A beautifully illustrated and felicitously written account of present-day Indian life and landscape.

—Hispanic American Historical Review

their rugged terrain. This book offers an accessible ethnography of their history, customs, and current life, accompanied by photographs that offer striking images of these gentle people.

The subtitle of the book derives from the Tarahumar's belief that the soul works at night while the body sleeps and that during this "day of the moon" both the spirits of the dead and the souls of the living move about in their mysterious ways. As the authors observe, the fact that "so many men, women, and children persist in distinctive, centuries-old cultural traditions in spite of their nearness to all the complexities and attractions of modern industrial society is an importatn part of the story." Their book tells that story and brings readers closer to understanding the Tarahumara world and way of life.


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