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- Revelations 15:4

Chatino, Yaitepec of United States


People Group Info

Total Population: 425

ROP3 Code: 110929
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Zapoteco
Language: Western Highland Chatino - (ctp)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Mexico

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Majority Located Where

  Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA - 50

  Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC - 50

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Brief Profile

The Yaitepec Chatino are a pre-Columbian indigenous people whose communities of origin are located in the Southern portion of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The people are hardworking and friendly. The Chatinos have close cultural and linguistic ties with the Zapotec people, whose languages form the other branch of the Zapotecan language family. Chatinos call their language cha'cña, which means "difficult word." It is recognized as a national language in Mexico.

The Chatino in Raleigh/Durham/Cary, NC report that a significant portion of Chatino people groups in Mexico have now moved to the area.

The Yaitepec Chatino practice a mix of Catholic rituals and traditional pagan religious practices that originated long before contact with the Spanish. They believe in many gods, and worship the rain and thunder. They also believe in the "keytone", or animal spirit, that accompanies a person. They practice witchcraft and divination. The region of Juquila, Oaxaca, where the Chatino originate from, is the center of worship of the "Virgin of Juquila". There is a great deal of religious fanaticism amongst the Chatinos, who consider themselves to be good Catholics. They are both unreached and unengaged with the gospel. They have no evangelical churches and only 6 known believers anywhere in the world.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for God to raise up workers for the harvest among the Yaitepec Chatino in the USA.
  • Pray that the Yaitepec Chatino in Durham, NC and other communities in the USA would come to know Christ and that the gospel would flow back to their hometowns in Mexico.
  • Pray that God would raise up indigenous believers from other neighboring people groups in Oaxaca, Mexico to take the gospel to the Yaitepec Chatino in their home country.


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Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
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Online Talking Bible - Chatino, Western Highland
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Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
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Scripture Earth Resources in Chatino, Western Highland
Scripture Earth Resources in Chatino, Western Highland

Scripture Earth Resources in Various Chatino Dialects
Scripture Earth Resources in Various Chatino Dialects

Scripture Earth Resources in Various Zapotec Languages
Scripture Earth Resources in Various Zapotec Languages

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesTuckerAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA50
United StatesCaryRaleigh-Durham-Chapel HillNC50



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