Zapotec, Tlacolula Valley of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 9,800

ROP3 Code: 110807
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Zapoteco
Language: San Juan Guelavía Zapotec - (zab)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Mexico

Majority Located Where

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 1,025

  Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ - 50

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Brief Profile

The Tlacolula Valley Zapotec are an indigenous people group who have migrated from the mountains of Southern Mexico and who maintain much of their pre-Columbian language and culture. They are one of the wide variety of current Zapotec groups who made up the ancient Zapotec, whose roots go back at least 2,500 years and who were once the dominant culture in the Valley of Oaxaca in Mesoamerica. The Zapotec built massive complexes such as Monte Alban, developed an early system of writing, produced finely crafted jewelry, and competed for dominance with the Aztec before the arrival of the Spanish.

Their villages of origin in Mexico tend to be small, rural farming communities with little to no economic opportunity. As a result, many of them have emigrated to the United States, but maintain very strong cultural, family, and financial ties to their communities of origin. Money remitted to their home villages is a vital lifeline for those who have stayed behind.

Their primary languages are Spanish and San Juan Guelavia Zapotec. Many are oral learners and do not read or write in their own language. While some Tlacolula Valley Zapotec are monolingual in their native tongue, others have also learned Spanish, and children in the public school system in the USA are frequently bi or tri lingual.

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

Prayer Points

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


Global Recordings Network
Online Talking Bible - Zapotec, San Juan Guelavía
Scripture Earth Resources in Various Zapotec Languages
Scripture Earth Resources in Zapotec, San Juan Guelavía
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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesSanta MonicaLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA1,000
United StatesPhoenixPhoenix-Mesa-ScottsdaleAZ50
United StatesSan FernandoLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA25