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||In ulama, players use their hips to knock a heavy rubber ball through a stone ring. Sometimes, the ball had a human skull as its core. T|
|In pelota mixteca, players use leather gloves with metal knuckles to punch a 2-pound, hard rubber ball. The balls travel up to 40 mph and can knock a player unconscious.|
While Mexico is reviving their ancient sports, Mexican immigrants in America have also built ball courts and formed clubs to keep their ancient sports alive.
"Our goal is that our roots not be lost," said Michael Hernández. "We want the youth to think fondly of this sport so it won't die and be forgotten."
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