In the mountains of south-eastern Mexico, although others call them "people of the rain," there is little rainfall in the highlands where the Apoala Mixtec people live. They struggle to eke out a living from the poor soil. Most families exhaust their limited food supplies long before the next harvest.
Tradition traces Apoala ancestry to a mythical tree, called stinuu, from which they believe Mixtec people descended. The same traditional stories credit spirits flying on the wind in four directions to establish the Mixtec civilization.
Most of these people have never had reason to need literacy and prefer to communicate orally.
Women carry the primary responsibility for Mixtec homes and families — they cut firewood, wash clothes far away in a creek, wake before the sun comes up to make tortillas for their families' daily sustenance, tend goats or sheep, take care of children and maintain their homes. Men plow the fields and tend their oxen. They habitually enjoy easy access to alcohol, which perpetuates dysfunctional relationships.
Neighboring groups often shun the Mixtec, who sense this prejudice and live under some degree of shame regarding their language and culture.
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|People Name General||Mixteco, Apasco y Apoala|
|People Name in Country||Mixteco, Apasco y Apoala|
|Population in Mexico||16,000|
|Progress Scale||2 ●|
|GSEC||4 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Mixtec, Santiago Apoala, Mixteco, Apasco and Apoala, Nochixtlan, Mixteco, Apoala, Mixteco, Santiago Apoala|
|Region||Central and South America|
|Persecution Rank||40 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||northern Oaxaca Source: COMIMEX, 2004|
|Primary Language:||Mixtec, Apasco-Apoala (16,000 speakers) People group listing|
|Language Code:||mip Ethnologue Listing|
|Written:||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Primary Language:||Mixtec, Apasco-Apoala|
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible Portions||Yes (1966)|
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|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Mixtec, Apasco-Apoala|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible-in-Your-Language|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|
|Religion Subdivision:||Roman Catholic|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 2.00 %)||
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|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|