Huastec Indian Village

Children play in the courtyard in front of their traditional thatched-roof adobe home in Palictla, Mexico. South of Ciudad Valles the road passes through Huasteca Indian country. At one time the Huastec population was once estimated to be one million, but today they number about 150,000. <br />
Families in this tropical region are orange pickers. The family of Hipolito Marcial, includes seven children. He built his house 12 years ago--the thatch called "zacate" grass will last around 20 years before it must be replaced.