The most significant indigenous group of Michoacán is the Purépecha, sometimes called the Tarascans, an independent people that resisted Aztec conquest. Their language is unrelated to other Mexican languages; it is possible that they originate in South America.
The name ” Tarascan ” (and its Spanish-language equivalent, “tarasco”) comes from the word “tarascue” in the Purépecha language, which means indistinctly “father-in-law” or “son-in-law”. The Nahuatl name for the Purépecha was “Michhuàquê” (“those who have fish”), whence the name of the Mexican state of Michoacán.
The Purepecha or Tarascans (endonym Western Highland Purepecha: P’urhepecha [pʰuˈɽepet͡ʃa]) are a group of indigenous people centered in the northwestern region of Michoacán, Mexico, mainly in the area of the cities of Cheran and Patzcuaro.
In pre-Hispanic times, the area was the home of the Purépecha Empire, which rivaled the Aztec Empire at the time of Spanish encounter. After the Spanish conquest, the empire became a separate province which became smaller over the colonial period. Michoacán is known for its Spanish colonial towns.
Do Not Travel to the States of Colima, Guerrero, Michoacán, Sinaloa due to crime; or to the State of Tamaulipas due to crime and kidnapping. Reconsider Travel to the states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Jalisco, Mexico, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo Leon, San Lui Potosi, Sonora, and Zacatecas due to crime.
Michoacán Nahuatl is the name given to a variety of Nahuatl language spoken by the Nahua Michoacan on the Pacific Coast of Mexico in Michoacán. It is a dialect of Nahuatl, a language of the Uto-Aztecan trunk.
|Region||Maruata Pómaro, Michoacán|
|Native speakers||(3,000 cited 1990 census)|
Purépecha is a language isolate spoken by some 175,000 people in the highlands of the Mexican state of Michoacán. Purépecha was the principal language of the Tarascan state, which was founded in the early 14th century, occupied more or less same area as Michoacán, and fell to the Spanish in 1530.
Tierra Caliente (Spanish for Hot Land) is a cultural and geographical region in southern Mexico that comprises some low-elevation areas of the states of Michoacán, Guerrero and Mexico. As the name suggests, the region is characterized by a hot climate.
Spanish Invasion Spanish explorers led by Hernan Cortes landed in Mexico during the early 16th century. The explorers worked their way west across the land, coming into contact first with the Aztecs, who asked the Purhépecha for assistance in negotiations with the Spaniards, and later with the Purhépecha themselves.
The Purepecha language, previously known as Tarascan, is a language isolate that is not even provisionally linked with any other language. It is spoken in the state of Michoacan near Lake Pátzcuaro and the Paricutín volcano.
What to eat in Michoacán? Top 6 most popular Michoacanese dishes Egg Dish. Huevos migas. Michoacán. Mexico. n/a (3) Snack. Corunda. Michoacán. Mexico. n/a (4) Stew. Churipo. Michoacán. Mexico. shutterstock. Vegetable Soup. Tarascan Pinto Bean Soup (Sopa Tarasca) Michoacán. Mexico. Dessert. Chongos Zamoranos. Zamora de Hidalgo. Mexico.
The flag of the State of Michoacán is, like most current Mexican state flags, the coat of arms centered on a white field. The coat of arms of Michoacán is divided into four sections. The upper dexter field is red with a statue of José María Morelos, one of the most important figures in the war of independence.
Michoacán (Level 4): “Crime and violence are widespread in Michoacán state. Do not travel due to crime.” Morelos (Level 3): “Violent crime and gang activity are common in parts of Moreles state.”