Huave, San Mateo del Mar in Mexico

Joshua Project has identified the Huave, San Mateo del Mar only in Mexico





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Introduction / History

Legend says the Huaves came to Mexico from Central America. The Huave Zone is located on a peninsula formed by the Gulf of Tehuantepec and the Pacific Ocean on the southeastern coast of Oaxaca, near the Port of Salina Cruz. Besides the coastal areas, Huave live in low forested hills, pastures, and swamps.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Huaves' primary livelihood is fishing. They also are involved in traditional agriculture activities.

Huave women are known for weaving white cotton cloths with a variety of brightly colored geometric figures. These are used for wrapping tortillas, putting under their market products, or decorating their home altars. Every year since 1970, a textile competition has been held in San Mateo del Mar, challenging women to make the biggest and most beautiful cloths. Some winners are women whose cloths covered whole tables, were round or round, or double- sided. Recently, a handcrafts union has been trying to introduce the Huave's woven clothes into a commercial item.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of Huaves call themselves Catholic, but they do not practice their doctrinal beliefs. More emphasis is given to worshiping their dead ancestors, to whom they bring fruit and offerings.

About 30 years ago, the Gospel was initially presented to the Huave de San Mateo del Mar. They resisted it at first, but since that time, many have come to Christ. At present, there are about 12 churches in this area.

What Are Their Needs?

The struggle with alcoholism is one of the biggest challenges facing the Huave de San Mateo del Mar people. God has been blessing the Huaves, but even so, there are still thousands that have not yet come to Christ.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the established Huave churches would keep growing.

People Name General Huave, San Mateo del Mar (WAH-vay, sahn mah-TAY-oh del mahr)
People Name in Country Huave, San Mateo del Mar
Population in Mexico 13,000
World Population 13,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Huave, San Mateo del Mar, Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, San Mateo del Mar Huave
Affinity Bloc Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster Central American Indigenous, other
People Name General Huave, San Mateo del Mar (WAH-vay, sahn mah-TAY-oh del mahr)
Ethnic Code MIR37z
People ID 14706
Country Mexico
Region Central and South America
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country southeastern Oaxaca.   Source:  COMIMEX, 2004

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Huave, San Mateo del Mar Spanish
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Huave, San Mateo del Mar Spanish
For Primary Language: Huave, San Mateo del Mar

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1953-1995)
New Testament Yes   (1972-1996)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Jayats nanderac wüx miteatiiüts Jesucristo Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Huave, San Mateo del Mar Film / Video
Luke Video Film / Video
Online Bible text (Scripture Earth) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 10.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
3.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
80.0 %
Roman Catholic
20.0 %
Photo Source: GAAPNet / Dick Bashta   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Profile Source: GAAPNet: Updated original Bethany people profile 
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