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When the Spanish arrived in what is now modern-day Mexico, they fanned out across the region in their infamous conquista of Catholic proselytization, brutalizing, killing, and displacing untold masses of indigenous populations. One such group they contacted nevertheless managed to resist these 16th-century Spanish conquest and acculturation attempts, and remained isolated from outsiders and change over the course of hundreds of subsequent years, attaining an almost mythical status to those who learned of them. They call themselves the Rarámuri, but are more widely known by the name bestowed upon them by the Spanish invaders centuries ago, the Tarahumara.

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