Pirekuas y La Cocina Purepecha – Patrimonio Cultural de La Humanidad
By John K. Glaab, CIPS
If you drive across the meseta (plateau) Purhepecha and around Lake Patzcuaro, both in the state of Michoacan, you will pass through many interesting villages. These have names such as Paracho (known for its production of fine guitars and an international guitar festival) Zacan (known for its annual completion of dance, singing, brass bands and more) Quiroga (known for its artisans and Tzintzintzun (the first capital of the Tarascan nation.) The Tarascans were fierce warriors and fought several times with the Aztecs, always winning.
In the newspaper La Voz de Michoacan, each Sunday there is a full page in the Purhepecha idiom. The group is known for its special music the Pirekua. It also has a special cuisine with dishes called atole, pozole, corundas and churipos.
The United Nations through its cultural branch UNESCO has named the Pirekua and the food of the Tarascos as Patrimonio de la Humanidad. It is worth a trip to the state of Michoacan to see and enjoy its vast cultural richness.
Image credits: Cambio de Michoacán