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About Chihuahua

Chihuahua, Mexico’s largest state has functioned as the country’s “spiritual heartland” during the post-Spanish era.  In the imagination of many Mexicans, Chihuahua plays a role similar to that played by Texas in the American psyche:  it’s huge; it’s perceived as “bold and rugged;” and it’s identified with a frontier ethos that is as important a part of modern Mexico’s spiritual heritage as the place held by Texas mythology in U. S. culture. (Cummings, p. 257)

As of 2005, there were 3.2 million inhabitants in this state. Chihuahua is known for its production of apples, nuts, timber, cattle and dairy products, sheep, ferrous (gold, silver, lead, zinc) and nonferrous metals, cement and ceramics. Large assembly plants (also known as Maquiladoras) geared toward exporting goods across the northern border are the dominant industry. The town of Mata Ortiz is recognized worldwide as the center of a new pottery movement (twenty pots from Mata Ortiz went on display at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, United States, on July 1, 2005. The exhibit was on display until May 31, 2006).