The Last of Los Tolupanes

Farther afield in the mountains, deep within the wilds of the Yoro and Olancho departments, you can find the Tolupan people. They have all but disappeared from the Honduran landscape, and the group numbers not much more than 1,000 people. They are believed to have descended from the Sioux tribe in the southwestern United States, though many argue that theory. They had once occupied a large portion of northern and eastern Honduras, though when they refused to convert to Catholicism during the arrival of the Spanish they were brutally enslaved and pushed to the fringes of the country, where they have remained to this day.

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