Huave, San Mateo del Mar in Mexico

Joshua Project has identified the Huave, San Mateo del Mar only in Mexico
Population
14,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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
People Name in Country Huave, San Mateo del Mar
Population in Mexico 14,000
World Population 14,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Unreached No
Progress Scale 4
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Huave, San Mateo del Mar, Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, San Mateo del Mar Huave
People ID 14706
ROP3 Code 108617
Country Mexico
Region Central and South America
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 40  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Oaxaca state: San Mateo del Mar; southeast coast.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Mexico
Region Central and South America
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 40  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Oaxaca state: San Mateo del Mar; southeast coast..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Ethnologue Language Map

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
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Huave, San Mateo del Mar
Film / Video Luke Video
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Jayats nanderac wüx miteatiiüts Jesucristo
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Subdivision: Protestant

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 10.00 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
3.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
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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