An indigenous community in Mexico finds its voice — and strength — in wild mushrooms


small hut in a lush mountain clearing with fallen trees and lush vegetation
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10/07/19 – LA Times

By Michael Snyder

Every morning from June through October, Héctor Campanur Sánchez leaves his home in Cherán, in the central Mexican state of Michoacán, to hunt for wild mushrooms on the steep slope of an extinct volcano.

For the duration of the rainy season, those mushrooms dominate the indigenous Purhépecha town’s Saturday and Tuesday markets, laid out in geometric piles among fistfuls of wild greens and opaline stalks of blue and pink corn.

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