Tribal features common to India and Mexico

27 September 2002, India

Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Union Minister of State Tribal Affairs in India, has recently visited an exhibition in Delhi depicting the life and customs of the indigenous Huichols Mexicans, and noted that they share many similarities with the tribes of India. Living in the remote Sierra Madre regions of northern Jalisco and Nayarit in Mexico, the Huichol have been recognised for the remarkable degree to which members have preserved their native Uto-Aztecan speech, religion, lifestyle and customs. The Ambassador of Mexico, Julio Faesler Carlisie and Kulaste have both remarked that such exhibitions should be displayed more frequently, as they exchange ideas beneficial to the tribes of both countries. According to a statement, native tribes make up eight percent of the Indian population and ten percent of the population of Mexico.