Diego Huerta Is Capturing The Most Amazing Photos Of Indigenous Mexicans

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Diego Huerta is a photographer on a mission to capture the essence of Mexican beauty, one indigenous population at a time. His photos are truly something to be admired.

It all started four years ago when Diego Huerta decided to embark on an epic journey of photographing all of Mexico’s indigenous populations.

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There are about 60 such indigenous populations in Mexico and, so far, Huerta is producing some amazing photos.

According to Mic, Huerta was inspired by his own curiosity of seeing what Mexico was before the country was conquered by the Spaniards.

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“It is a way of reliving history in the actual moment. Not in a book,” Huerta told Mic. “And that is the feeling that I look forward to transmitting to others, Mexican or not, since the native cultures should be part of the world heritage.”

The Austin-based photographer does more than just take photos of the people in the tribes. He completely immerses himself within the group.

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After witnessing the Guelaguetza, a parade and celebration of traditional Oaxaqueño customs, Huerta knew that he needed to go deeper into the group to truly capture the beauty that he saw in the parade.

“I was struck by all the colors and by the faces of the various delegations, and I wanted to know where they came from,” Huerta told The Huffington Post. “It was at that moment that I knew I had to go to their place of origin to know more about their traditions and customs and document them via my portraits.”

After more than 12 hours dancing, the night arrived to Copper Canyon. More than 500 semi naked men kept dancing in front of the temple's door. The cold in the mountain began to numb their bodies. Four big bonfires in the four corners of the plaza warmed up their muscles. This was the only way that they could keep dancing all night. Después de más de 12 horas de danzar, cae la noche en la Sierra Tarahumara. Son más de 500 hombres semi desnudos quienes al ritmo del tambor danzan frente a las puertas del templo. El frío en la sierra comienza a entumecer sus cuerpos, por lo que grandes hogueras son encendidas en las cuatro esquinas de la plaza para calentar sus músculos y permitirles seguir danzando toda la noche.

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Huerta has dedicated his time and energy in the photo project to photograph thousands of indigenous Mexicans, from children playing…

The Tarahumara word for themselves, Rarámuri, means "runners on foot" or "those who run fast". With widely dispersed settlements, these people developed a tradition of long-distance running up to 200 miles (320 km) in one session, over a period of two days through their homeland of rough canyon country, for inter-village communication and transportation and hunting. The Tarahumara's use of huaraches, a traditional form of minimal footwear, when running has been the subject of scientific study as well as journalistic discourse. In his book, Born to Run, author Christopher McDougall argues in favor of the endurance running hypothesis and the barefoot running movement based on his time with the Tarahumara people and their running in huaraches. Los conocemos como Tarahumaras, pero lo correcto es Raramuris, que significa "los que corren a pie" o "aquellos que corren rápido". El pueblo Raramuri es por naturaleza corredores de largas distancias, pueden llegar a correr 320kms en una sola carrera que dura por dos dias a través de los cañones, esto como parte de sus tradiciones.

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…to the men and women dressed in their traditional clothing.

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His photos show a very intimate portrayal of indigenous life in Mexico that many rarely see.

“I know it may sound like a fantasy, but when I look at the people’s eyes, that’s when I know they are the right person to photograph,” Huerta told Instagram.

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And for him, it’s all about the physical and cultural connection he can forge with the people — a connection that inspires the photos he captures.

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