Tarahumara - Marriage and Family

Marriage. People who share a lineal ancestor theoretically cannot marry, but in practice this prohibition usually extends only to second cousins because genealogical connections seldom are remembered beyond three generations. Many marriages are arranged, often by special marriage officials; only the Tarahumara most influenced by Jesuit missionaries are married by Catholic priests. Because interaction between unrelated men and women is discouraged, young people often marry several times, until they find compatible spouses, after which their marriages are stable. Polygyny occurs but is rare. Young newlyweds usually move between their natal households until they are economically independent.

Domestic Unit. Households are composed of nuclear families, frequently extended to include relatives of either spouse but seldom of both. Closely related nuclear families often live near one another, sharing food and working cooperatively.

Inheritance. Children inherit equally from both parents. Spouses do not inherit from one another, but surviving spouses often retain some property if there are no surviving children or serve as trustees for property inherited by their small children. During life, parents often give their children livestock and (especially at marriage) fields so they can begin forming separate economic bases.

Socialization. Children enjoy considerable independence and are scolded but seldom struck when they misbehave. A child's older siblings and grandparents share child-rearing duties with the parents. Industriousness, sharing, cooperation, and nonaggression are encouraged. The Tarahumara have no initiation rites or formal educational institutions; children are educated informally by participating in household and community activities. Most children also attend government or Jesuit primary schools, which somewhat disrupt traditional patterns of cultural transmission.

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Dec 25, 2013 @ 11:23 pm
My grandmother was tarahumara I want to register as a tarahumara how can I contact someone about this process. .thank you Nancy
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Jun 18, 2018 @ 9:09 am
My great grandmother was Tarahumara, but walked to California after getting orphaned three times. I come from a line of single parents back to her, so her values and worldview are what I inherited. She kept what was important, but otherwise assimilated after being a Rosie in ww2. We are chabochi, Nancy, and that's OK. We can visit chihuahua and share our experience, expertise, and wealth, but we don't belong there and I don't want government or tourists interfering with what little indigenous culture our Raramuri family has retained
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Jan 19, 2019 @ 12:00 am
I have learn my greatmother was tarahumara indian her name was ponesunca ramirez sosa married 1923 died 1929 would like to know where she is buried

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