San Mateo del Mar Huave in Mexico

The Huave, San Mateo del Mar have only been reported 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.

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

* Scripture Prayers for the Huave, San Mateo del Mar in Mexico.

* 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
Pronunciation WAH-vay, sahn mah-TAY-oh del mahr
Natural Name San Mateo del Mar Huave
Natural Pronunciation sahn mah-TAY-oh del mahr WAH-vay
World Population 13,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 6  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Huave, San Mateo del Mar, Tehuantepec, Oaxaca; San Mateo del Mar Huave
People ID 14706
ROP3 Code 108617
Country Mexico
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Oaxaca state: San Mateo del Mar; southeast coast.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Mexico
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Oaxaca state: San Mateo del Mar; southeast coast..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language:  Huave, San Mateo del Mar

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1953-1995)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1972-2009)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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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
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 %
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Profile Source Bethany World Prayer Center / GAAPNet 
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