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Two Tribes Two Runs



For some, running is a sport. For others, it is a way of life that is deeply rooted in the traditions of our ancestors. It is in this spirit that the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens presents “Two Tribes, Two Runs,” featuring two photography exhibits about the Tarahumara and the Mescalero Apache Indians and the importance of running in their respective cultures. The exhibits will be on display May 28 through Sept. 17, 2016.

Join us for the opening reception at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 28.

"Run! Super-Athletes of the Sierra Madre" by photographer Diana Molina

"Run!" is an intimate look at the running culture of the Tarahamura Indians, which is an important aspect of their life in the steep canyons of northern Mexico. The Tarahumaras, or Rarárumi, as they call themselves, are some of the world’s best long-distance runners. Molina beautifully captures their love of running in this compelling collection of photographs.

"Running for Life: The Mescalero Apache Girls' Coming-of-Age Ceremony" by David Carmichael, Ph,D., associate professor of anthropology at UTEP

"Running for Life" will give audiences a first-hand look at the very important multi-day coming-of-age ritual that many young Mescalero girls go through in order to be considered a woman in the tribe. David Carmichael, Ph.D., a UTEP associate professor of anthropology, was given a unique opportunity to photograph this powerful and cherished Mescalero tradition.


What: Opening reception for two exhibits: “Run! Super-Athletes of the Sierra Madre” and “Running for Life: The Mescalero Apache Girls’ Coming-of-Age Ceremony”
When: 1 to 4:30 p.m. May 28. Formal remarks at 2 p.m. Diana Molina will sign copies of the companion book for “Run!” at 2:30 p.m.
Where: Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens, corner of University Avenue and Wiggins Road on the UTEP campus.
Information: (915) 747-5565.


Artists’ reception for both exhibits
Saturday, May 28 – 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Formal remarks at 2 p.m.
Booksigning with Diana Molina at 2:30 p.m.

“Run Basics,” a running clinic by Up and Running
Wednesday, June 15 – 6 p.m.

“Running for Life: The Mescalero Apache Girls’ Coming-of-Age Ceremony,” lecture by David Carmichael, Ph.D
Thursday, June 30 – 5:30 p.m.

Film Screening – “Goshen: Places of Refuge for the Running People”
Saturday, July 9 – 1 p.m.

“Rarámuri: the Foot Runners of the Sierra Madre,” lecture by Diana Molina
Saturday, August 13 —1 p.m.

“Adventures in the Sierra Madre,” lecture by Diana Molina
Saturday, September 3 – 1 p.m.



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