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Magdaleno Diaz has long served as a conduit between the Cora community and the rest of Gunnison County. Photos by Luna Anna Archey


In the spring of 2020, when Gunnison County was one of the nation’s first hotspots for COVID-19, one small, unique group in this Western Slope county was particularly well-suited to withstand a pandemic. It was also especially hard-hit.

The Cora, Indigenous people who have been migrating from a mountainous ranching community in the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains east of Guadalajara, Mexico, to the mountainous ranching country of Gunnison County for almost half a century, faced the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic with language and cultural barriers.

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