On October 22, with the presence of the Director General of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), Diego Prieto Hernández, the Regional Museum of Ojinaga was inaugurated. This space will help to detonate binational tourism, as it claims the most valuable historical, cultural, and natural heritage of the municipalities of Ojinaga, Coyame, and Manuel Benavides, which make up the so-called desert region in the state of Chihuahua.
Five rooms show permanent exhibitions where contents are approached in a very attractive way. In the first one, part of the region’s paleontological and archaeological wealth is exhibited; the second one presents its flora and fauna. Large format photographs allow us to admire the imposing natural scenery, such as the Santa Elena Canyon. We also have the soundscape, a cabin where the sounds of the desert are heard and if you pay attention, it transports you there.
The third room corresponds to local historiography. They emphasize prehispanic indigenous characters, the Spanish presence during the viceroyalty, and the revolutionary mestizos of the 20th century. The mural dedicated to Pancho Villa distinguishes this space.
Finally, rooms four and five were intended for life on the ranch and popular traditions. Activities such as livestock, sotol production, bedspread crafts, northern music, and horseback riding are represented.
The Regional Museum of Ojinaga, like the Rio Grande, unites the inhabitants of two countries because, both historically and culturally, we share the same origin.