Indigenous Groups in San Blas

One way to celebrate the patriotic month, is respecting and feeling proud of our rich native heritage. In San Blas, there are different ethnic groups that give a greater identity to this municipality.

Evidence that the four main indigenous groups in the state, ie the Cora, Huichol, Tepehuanos and Mexicaneros have considered San Blas as one of the most special places, especially due to the existence of the large White Rock or Tatei Haramara, whom they consider mother of humanity.

The prehispanic culture that has best preserved its traditions and ancient worldview is undoubtedly the Huichol, with its colorful costumes and lively crafts, where images of mystical symbols seem to give us some hidden messages through psychedelia.

It is noteworthy that Huichol artisans’ work is one of the most appreciated inside and outside our borders, especially in Europe and North America, where people are amazed by their sophisticated material. Find out where to find Huichol crafts in San Blas.

Photo via Anna & Jorge on Flickr.

Photo via Anna & Jorge on Flickr.

Another of the most important groups are the Cora, who live high in the mountains of Del Nayar municipality, they are the descendants of the famous King Nayar, who by his courage and ethnic pride gave name to our state.

These two ethnic groups, forerunners of the great Mexica or Aztecs, considered San Blas a place of worship, nowadays, they still gather at sacred Isla del Rey for ceremonies in honor of the sea goddess Haramara.

In addition, it is believed that the nearby island of Mexcaltitán, in neighboring municipality of Santiago Ixcuintla, was already a major devotion center about two thousand years ago, before being the starting point towards the foundation of the Great Tenochtitlan, now Mexico City.

As you can see, San Blas is full of magic and culture waiting to be discovered by all visitors. Don’t stay behind and venture these September holidays to celebrate in San Blas, Riviera Nayarit!


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