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- Revelations 15:4

Tlapanec, Northern of United States


People Group Info

Total Population: 14,000

ROP3 Code: 100034
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Other Central American Indigenous
Language: Acatepec Me'phaa - (tpx)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Mexico

Photo Source: Global Force Mexico

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Majority Located Where

  Lawrence, KS - 28

  Richmond, VA - 10

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Brief Profile

The Northern Tlapanec are an indigenous group who have migrated from Mexico and who maintain their pre-Columbian language and culture. Their primary language is Acatepec Me'phaa, although many speak Spanish as well.

They have migrated to the USA in search of economic opportunity, which is extremely limited in the traditional farming society of their homeland. Despite the geographic distance, many immigrants maintain extremely close contact and send large amounts of their income back to their hometowns. Children in the public school system in the USA are frequently bi or tri lingual.

The primary religion practiced by the Northern Tlapanec is a form of Cultural Catholicism layered over their ancient 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 the few Northern Tlapanec believers to boldly proclaim the gospel to their people.
  • Pray that the barriers of their traditional religion would be broken down.
  • Pray for more workers for the harvest, both for the Northern Tlapanec in the United States, as well as those in Mexico.


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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesLawrenceLawrenceKS28
United StatesRichmondRichmondVA10



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