Nahuatl, Northern Puebla of United States


People Group Info

Total Population: 16,000

ROP3 Code: 107412
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Aztec
Language: Spanish - (spa)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Mexico

Status of Christianity


No Longer Unreached

GSEC Level: 5

Majority Located Where

  Durham, NC - 50

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Brief Profile

The Northern Puebla 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 Northern Puebla 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 Spanish and Northern Puebla Nahuatl, and children in the public school system in the USA are frequently bi or tri lingual.

The primary religion practiced by the Northern Puebla 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 Northern Puebla 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 Northern Puebla Nahuatl in the United States, as well as those in Mexico.

Resources

J-Film
Global Recordings Network
Online Bible
Online Talking Bible - Spanish
Scripture Earth Resources in Náhuatl, Northern Puebla
Scripture Earth Resources in Various Nahuatl Languages
Scripture Resources in Latin-American Spanish
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesDurhamDurham-Chapel HillNC50