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Living Cultures

Due to its varied history Honduras is a multi-ethnic country. The predominant ethnic group in Honduras is comprised of "mestizos" - people of mixed native and European (mostly Spanish) ancestry. However, there are still five ancient ethnic groups, which survived the process of intermingling in the course of the colonisation, and two ethnic groups that emerged during the colonisation.

The Chorti are assumed to be direct descendants of the Maya. They still live in the surroundings of Copan Ruinas.
The Lenca lived in Central Honduras. They were able to resist the Spanish conquerors for more then 20 years. In honour to their famous indigenous leader Lempira the Honduran currency has been named after him.
The Pech lived in the centre of what today is the Honduran Moskitia. Due to continuous attacks of the Spaniards and other indigenous tribes like the Miskito in the 18th century, they had to flee to the interior of the mainland. Their will to survive and to be independent helped them maintain parts of their culture and their language.
The Tawahka lived in the heart of the Honduran Moskitia, too. Before the colonization through the Spaniards, the Tawahka were one of the biggest tribes all over Central America. Their language and lifestyle are preserved until now, even if they had to accustom their habits to the life of the dominating Latinos and Miskitos.
The Tolupanes, also called Xicaques, had their territory in the Sula valley. They dominated a region that reached to Trujillo on the north coast and Comayagua and Olancho in the interior mainland until they had to escape the Spaniards saving themselves from captivity and a life as slaves. The details of the history of the Miskitos are not very clear. Ethnologists and anthropologists have found evidences that the Miskitos are a mixture of local habitants like Tawahkas with European and African settlers, having their origin in the 17th century.
The Garífuna are descendents from African slaves and natives from the Caribbean Islands St. Vincent and Dominica. They are a relatively recent addition to the Honduran family, but have enriched the Honduran culture and society significantly. The Garifuna speak their own language and live in towns along the Honduran north coast and on the Bay Islands.

The wealth of cultural expression in Honduras influences all facets of the culture: customs, practices, ways of dressing, religion, rituals, codes of behaviour and belief systems. Experience personal contact with some of the members of the seven indigenous groups: Observe their beautiful crafts (woodcarving, embroidery, leather craft, ceramics and basketry) and learn about their fascinating customs and history. Meet master potters, sway and dance to exotic music and learn from forest people the secret that today we desperately strive to rediscover: how to live in harmony with nature. Please find more information about the different ethnic groups in the chapter Ethnics.

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