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Coming soon for the Nintendo Switch is “Mulaka,” a unique game which draws inspiration from an ancient North Mexican tribe, the Tarahumara. Pulling from the tribe’s culture, music, and mythology, this video game celebrates the Tarahumara and their seemingly superhuman ability to run long distances.
“Tarahumara” translates to the “running people,” and no name would be more accurate as the tribe is famous for their ability to run for immensely long distances while wearing only thin sandals, or even sometimes completely barefoot. Scientists have been baffled by how they accomplish these long distance marathons.
The game is being developed by Lienzo, a game developer from Chihuahua, Mexico, where current members of the Tarahumara tribe currently reside.
From the Lienzo website:
“Dive into northern Mexico’s breathtaking landscapes with Mulaka, a 3D action-adventure game based on the rich indigenous culture of the Tarahumara. Renowned for their impressive running abilities, embark on the journey of a Sukurúame – a Tarahumara shaman – as you fight back the foulness corrupting the land, while drawing upon the powers of demigods. From solving puzzles in environments inspired by real Sierra Tarahumara locations, to heated hand-to-hand combat with creatures pulled from the region’s mythology, find out why the Tarahumara have earned a reputation for being superhumans.”
The game, which has a vibrant look and feel, also features indigenous music.
This Discovery Channel show explored the science behind how the Tarahumara can do what they do.
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Their record is 435 miles in 48 hours. I ran about the same distance trying to avoid a chancla once.
We can’t wait to see how they pay homage to the Tarahumara in this game, bring it on!