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Tribes: Kikapu and Mascogos

Melchor Múzquiz

On the banks of Rio Sabinas, a community was founded that today forms part of the Cultural Heritage of the Pueblo Mágico de Melchor Múzquiz: El Nacimiento.

In these lands rich in springs settled the American tribes of the Kikapu Indians and the black mascogues who, after fleeing from slavery, sought refuge in Mexico. The former president Benito Juarez gave them the community they now inhabit as a sign of appreciation for their work in supporting the Mexican army in containing the invasions coming from the neighboring country.

These tribes are still governed by their customs and uses, and in order to visit them, it is necessary to ask their spiritual leader for authorization since it is part of their daily activities such as: carrying water from the springs for domestic use, hunting, and tanning deer skins (sacred animal) that will later be used as barter or crafts and sharing food.

You can also witness rituals such as the sacred fire: a bonfire is lit to pray and sacrifice a deer as a tribute to Kitzihaiata, their god, who sent them to populate the land and prepare them for the “final moment”.

With the black mascogos you learn about herbalism and how to make natural beauty products such as rosemary and black walnut shampoos to prevent hair loss and give it shine.

On the banks of Rio Sabinas, a community was founded that today forms part of the Cultural Heritage of the Pueblo Mágico de Melchor Múzquiz: El Nacimiento.

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In these lands rich in springs settled the American tribes of the Kikapu Indians and the black mascogues who, after fleeing from slavery, sought refuge in Mexico. The former president Benito Juarez gave them the community they now inhabit as a sign of appreciation for their work in supporting the Mexican army in containing the invasions coming from the neighboring country.

These tribes are still governed by their customs and uses, and in order to visit them, it is necessary to ask their spiritual leader for authorization since it is part of their daily activities such as: carrying water from the springs for domestic use, hunting, and tanning deer skins (sacred animal) that will later be used as barter or crafts and sharing food.

You can also witness rituals such as the sacred fire: a bonfire is lit to pray and sacrifice a deer as a tribute to Kitzihaiata, their god, who sent them to populate the land and prepare them for the “final moment”.

With the black mascogos you learn about herbalism and how to make natural beauty products such as rosemary and black walnut shampoos to prevent hair loss and give it shine.

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