Nahuatl, Tenango of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 7,150

ROP3 Code: 114873
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Aztec
Language: Zacatlán-Ahuacatlán-Tepetzintla Nahuatl - (nhi)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Mexico

Majority Located Where

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 525

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 250

  Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA - 25

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Brief Profile

The Tenango Nahuatl are an Aztec indigenous group who have migrated from Mexico and who maintain their pre-Spanish conquest language and culture. The Nahua peoples were at one point the dominant people in central Mexico. Some of the most important Mesoamerican civilizations were of Nahua ethnicity, including the Toltec and Aztec cultures.

Many Tenango Nahuatl come from small poor rural farming communities and immigrate to the USA looking for increased economic opportunities to better the lives of their families and their communities of origin in Mexico. Families are frequently torn apart, as husbands typically immigrate first to find work, leading to separation from their wives and children, to whom they typically remit a significant portion of their wages. They tend to be hard working and found in jobs relating to service and agriculture. Their primary languages are Zacatlán-Ahuacatlán-Tepetzintla Nahuatl and Spanish, and children in the public school system in the USA are frequently bi or tri lingual.

The primary religion practiced by the Tenango Nahuatl is a form of Cultural Catholicism layered over their traditional religion, and is rooted in the reverence of santos, their ancestors, and spirits in nature. Their religion is expressed through traditional fiestas, rites, and customs.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Tenango Nahuatl believers to boldly proclaim the gospel to their people.
  • Pray that the barriers of traditional Nahuatl religion would be broken down.
  • Pray for more workers for the harvest, both for the Tenango Nahuatl in the United States, as well as those in Mexico.


Global Recordings Network
Online Talking Bible - Nahuatl, Zacatlán-Ahuacatlán-Tepetzintla
Scripture Earth Resources in Náhuatl, Zacatlán-Ahuacatlán-Tepetzintla
Scripture Earth Resources in Various Nahuatl Languages
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesLos AngelesLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA500
United StatesDallasDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX250
United StatesCoronaRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA25
United StatesSanta ClaritaLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA25