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What is Ulama?

Ulama is an ancestral ball game played in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and the American Southwest. It is currently experiencing a revival thanks to the work of Armando Uscanga and the international league he founded known as AJUPEME (Asociación de Juego de Pelota Mesoamericana). The version of Ulama played by AJUPEME teams descends from the Aztec version of the game, which has been preserved by communities in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. The game is one of the oldest continuously played sports in the world and is notable for the fact that it is the oldest known game using a rubber ball.

The New Mexico Macanas are the officially recognized AJUPEME team for the state of New Mexico!


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