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Museum to feature exhibit on tribe

Published: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 22:07


Raramuri are considered to have a natural talent for running. They also celebrate many rituals and traditions.

Museum sightseers can encounter a new exhibit starting mid-August at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History. Writer and photographer Diana Molina will present a display called "Raramuri: Runners of the Sierra Madre," which highlights more than 10 years of research through text, artifacts and photographs.

Molina said she aimed to give visitors an accurate portrayal of the Raramuri peoples, a reclusive tribe residing in the canyons of Chihuahua's Sierra Madre.

Executive director of the museum, Deborah Cowman, said the timing of Molina's display was fitting.

"It is especially appropriate for us to host this exhibit at the same time we have a 5K and 10 mile race, our Buffalo Stampede. These Indians are extremely famous for their running ability," Cowman said.

Cowman said the Raramuri are considered some of the most accomplished natural long-distance runners in the world, covering distances typical of marathoners.

The people of the Sierra Madre are not accustomed to exposure to the outside world. Molina said it is important to show pictures of Raramuri rituals that have developed because of the tribe's limited interaction with modern technologies.

Museum visitors will also find photos of the Raramuri racing tradition, harvest, family, education and more.

Cowman said she is looking forward to the exhibit's unveiling. She said she is most excited to work with a noted Latina journalist and her research of a culture that is connected intricately to nature.

"We are proud to bring this exhibit and hope it will appeal to everyone, especially our local Hispanic community," she said.

The exhibit received funding from the City of College Station through the Arts Council of Brazos Valley, Humanities Texas and the Holt Foundation.

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