Mixtec, Western Oaxaca of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 6,400

ROP3 Code: 109002
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Mixteco
Language: Silacayoapan Mixtec - (mks)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Mexico

Majority Located Where

  Longview-Kelso, WA - 1,500

  Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA - 1,500

  Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR - 1,500

  Fresno, CA - 100

  Salem, OR - 10

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Brief Profile

The Western Oaxaca 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 language is Silacayoapan Mixtec, although some have learned Spanish, and children in the public school system in the USA are frequently bi or tri lingual.

The primary religion practiced by the Western Oaxaca 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 Western Oaxaca 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 Western Oaxaca Mixtecs are oral learners and do not read or write in their own language.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Western Oaxaca 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 Western Oaxaca Mixtec in the United States, as well as those in Mexico.


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesLongviewLongview-KelsoWA1,500
United StatesGreshamPortland-Vancouver-HillsboroOR1,500
United StatesOxnardOxnard-Thousand Oaks-VenturaCA1,500
United StatesFresnoFresnoCA100
United StatesWoodburnSalemOR10
United StatesFarmersvilleVisalia-PortervilleCA10