Get to know the map of 19 towns and nations of Oaxaca, prepared by the Mixe Collective

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“If the maps are speeches, we deserve our speeches to be well written,” says the Mixe Collective in a post on social networks.

Oaxaca de Juárez. – The Mixe Collective, whose members are dedicated to disseminating non-profit educational content, published on their social networks the Map of Peoples and Nations of Oaxaca, which they define as “an approximation of the current territories of the peoples and nations” of the state.

With this map, the collective goes beyond the classic delimitation into eight regions, which is how the state is normally presented, and examines into the territories that today are occupied by 19 peoples and nationals, without turning it into a linguistic map.

“If the maps are speeches, we deserve our speeches to be well written,” says the Mixe Collective in a post on social networks.

It includes the peoples and nations: Chocolteco, Nahua, Mixteco, Triqui, Tacuate, Amuzgo, Black or Afro-Mexican, Chatino, Zapotec, Chontal, Ikoots, Zoque, Mixe, Chinanteco, Cuicateco, Mazateco, Ixcateco, Tzotzil and mestizo.

“Communities that have historically belonged to some indigenous people have been included in the delimitation of these territories, even though the Spanish-language policies of the Mexican state have eliminated the use of some indigenous language,” the group points out.

Each town or nation is identified with a certain color and may be present in different latitudes of the state.

For example, the Zapotec people cover a large part of the territory, mainly in the Central Valleys and the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, populations separated by territories occupied by Mixes and Chontales.

The Mixtec, the second majority, is concentrated in the west of the state; however, small portions of territories occupied by the Savi nation can be seen northeast of Oaxaca.

The Mixe Collective points out that it is a free-use map, which can be downloaded and shared for educational purposes:

Source: El Universal