Mixtec, Northwestern Tlaxiaco of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 4,000

ROP3 Code: 108472
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Mixteco
Language: Spanish - (spa)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Mexico

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Majority Located Where

  Augusta-Richmond County, SC - 130

  Charleston-North Charleston, SC - 65

  Salem, OR - 10

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Brief Profile

The Northwestern Tlaxiaco Mixtec are an indigenous Mixtec group who have migrated from the mountains of Southern Mexico and who maintain their pre-Columbian language and culture. Their primary languages are Spanish and Ocotepec Mixtec, and children in the public school system in the USA are frequently bi or tri lingual.

The primary religion practiced by the Northwestern Tlaxiaco Mixtec is a form of Cultural Catholicism layered over their traditional religion, and is rooted in the reverence of santos, their ancestors (who are guardians of the traditional Mixtec ways) and spirits in nature. Their religion is expressed through traditional fiestas, rites, and customs.

The culture of the Northwestern Tlaxiaco Mixtec is both hierarchical and patriarchal, and immigrants to the USA frequently maintain very strong cultural, family, and financial ties to their communities of origin. Most Northwestern Tlaxiaco Mixtecs are oral learners and do not read or write in their own languages.

Prayer Points

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


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Online Talking Bible - Spanish
Scripture Earth Resources in Mixtec, Ocotepec
Scripture Earth Resources in Various Mixtec Languages
Scripture Resources in Latin-American Spanish
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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesNorth AugustaAugusta-Richmond CountySC130
United StatesCharlestonCharleston-North CharlestonSC50
United StatesBurgawCharleston-North CharlestonNC15
United StatesWoodburnSalemOR10

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