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Dance of the Kikapú Warriors

Those who dance on earth

The Kikapú come from the region of Great Lakes located in the border of the United States and Canada. As the colonization of the United States was taking place, they were walking towards the south, hoping to preserve their life and traditions, arriving in Mexico in 1854. They identify themselves as "Kikaapoa", which means "those who walk the earth".

In 1859, President Benito Juárez granted them communal lands to settle in northern Mexico, and it is during the period of General Lázaro Cárdenas that they are granted ejido lands for their work in the Sierra de Sonora and the municipality of Melchor de Múzquiz, in Coahuila, where its ceremonial center is located.

This people believes that dance is a ritual that becomes a bridge between the real and divine world. Men purify and decorate their bodies before the festival, and women prepare special foods for the occasion.

"The Dance of the Warriors" represents the activities that give meaning to the life of the tribe: the men who ride on the plain, the stories of past wars and hunting. They dance around the fire, which represents the presence of God.

Some of his best-known dances are: "La Chueca", "el Hilo", "el Soldado", "El Estribo", "Coyote Dance", and "La Cuarenta y nueve".

The dance of the warriors is part of the sacred ceremonies that take place on special dates, such as the new year or, to celebrate the anniversary of their arrival in Mexico.

An example of the great ethnic mosaic that is Mexico, hospitality and respect for the traditions that are kept as a legacy of the walk of man, this is the Kikapú people.

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