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Pacoima students write about Mexican states

(Editor's note: These stories came from students in Gustavo Cubias' ESL Intermediate High class at the Pacoima Skills Center in Los Angeles.)

Durango
by Lina Macias
   Many beautiful geographical areas are found in the Mexican state of Durango. The west of the state is covered by the lush pine forests of the Sierra Madre Occidental. The north part of the state, called Bolson de Mapimi, is a desert covered by native flora and fauna. The plains, called the Mesa del Cerro, are to the east.
   A variety of crops are grown in Durango. Apples and quinces are grown in the north, and chili and beans in the south. The east is known for their crops of corn and sunflowers. Pine nuts are found in the west.
   Durango is also recognized for the animals that are raised there. Chickens and goats are raised in all parts of the state. Cattle and pig farms dominate the north of the state.  
   Many tourists are attracted by the natural resources and wildlife of Durango. Active gold and silver mines are still found in the north. Plentiful deer are found in the thick pine forests of the west. One of the most common and dangerous insects found in the state of Durango are scorpions. Due to this, people from Durango are known to be from “La Tierra de Los Alacranes” (the land of the scorpions). 
   Other languages besides Spanish, such as Tepehuan, Xoconoxt, and Huichol are spoken by indigenous people. Baskets, handbags, and mats from wicker and willow are made by native people. Leather goods and pottery are also created by hand as their way of making a living.