SALUD PARTNERS works with the indigenous Tarahumara people in the remote mountains of the Copper Canyon. The Tarahumara are a native people of northwestern Mexico. In the 16th Century, Spanish explorers forced them to retreat to the Sierra Madre Mountains and canyons. Here they have been able to preserve their traditional Lifestyle. Many Tarahumara live in natural caves or cliff dwellings and migrate to remote canyons to raise crops of corn and beans and pasture sheep and goats. The Tarahumara language (Rara'muri), dress and traditions are maintained in remote villages. Transportation is often by foot, horse, or burro. The Tarahumara are renowned for their long-distance running ability. The northern and southern Tarahumara population is estimated at 50,000 to 70,000 people. This is rugged country.