Thursday, March 4, 2010

Sights to See: Capomos Town, El Fuerte, Mexico


Named for the spring-blooming capomo flower, this Indian ceremony village was established 300 years ago. Visitors view the Mayos Indians performing the traditional dance of the deer up close in a compound is surrounded by mature cacti—organ, pipe, and others--and learn about the customs, wardrobe, and instruments that they use (butterfly cocoons are draped on leg bands to make a rattle snake sound). You’ll see residents preparing handmade tortillas that you can sample, and making clay bowls that are handed down through generations. Fat turkeys and scrawny chickens and kittens roam, and colorful butterflies flit among brilliant red bougainvillea. Though these Indians once actually tore off the faces of their conquered victims, now they demonstrate a “mask of death” simulation. Many people come here for the healers and their herbs, such as papachi—a chocolate-prune tasting fruit that regulates blood sugar.
Capomos Town 10 km. from El Fuerte. $30/350 pesos.

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