Like Native Americans, Native Mexicans are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.
There are two views on tourism and the indigenous people of Mexico. Some promote strict eco-tourism which takes tourists to see the adobe maker, the basket weaver and the native dancers. This group feels that the kind of tourism that exists in the coastal cities of western Mexico "exploits" the Mexican worker. Others, like myself see that although these are the working poor, at least they are working and not joining the many that endanger their lives crossing the border.