About 200,000 Africans were brought to Mexico under slavery. In spite of the abolishment of slavery back in 1829, this tribe has been struggling to carve an identity of its own. Afro-Mexicans are not recognized by the Mexican constitution, which is a clear example of racism. These people don't have access to resources and rights such as the indigenous Purepechas, Mayas or Amuzgos. Afro-Mexicans are also not counted as Mexican Citizens in the national census. The World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples provides an estimate for the Afro-Mexican population: between 474,000 and 4.7 million. Let us have a look into their lives which they spend on Costa Chica, Southern Mexico.
Image Credits: Mara Sanchez Renero
Robeto Jr. posing as El Cimarron. 'Cimarron' in Spanish means the animal or beast who has escaped its master.
A photo series regarding the tribe. The Afro-Mexican tribe has been isolated in a remote area of Southern Mexico.
La Danza del Diablos is the Dance of Devils. It is a traditional dance of Costa Chica with roots in African tradition.
Bucho, a fisherman, musician and dance instructor. He worked his entire life to keep the traditions and culture of the community alive.
Clash of waves is used to throw light on the clash of civilizations and communities.
This girl named Yeni in this picture represents emancipation.
Many Afro-Mexicans were involved in the animal Husbandry industry in the Southern part of the country. And thus they went on to be called as Cowboys.
The fire in this photo represents knowledge of tradition and identity, and the blindfold represents the lack of awareness. Women are the ones who carry forward tradition and identity. There is some blindness with these women on not being aware of their own selves.
This photo symbolizes the isolation of the Afro-Mexicans in the Mexican community. The Afro-Mexicans aren't counted as Mexican citizens and are deprived of all the rights and resources.
Toro De Petate is a tradition of the Afro-Mexicans . A tradition that has been followed since their existence.