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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
Pelota Purépecha

Pelota Purépecha is an Aztec game similar to hockey played by the Purépechan people in south central Mexico. It's making a comeback as people become interested in heritage sports. This photo was taken in the village of Cuitzeo which I visited for a performance of the Morelia International Organ Festival. As we left the church after the concert, a group of young men were playing this sport in the village square.

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Date Taken: 12.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Cuitzeo, Michoacán, Mexico
Copyright: © Sharon Winget