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.
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.
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.
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.
Pray that the established Huave churches would keep growing.
Scripture Prayers for the Huave, San Mateo del Mar in Mexico.
|Profile Source: Bethany World Prayer Center / GAAPNet|
|People Name General||Huave, San Mateo del Mar|
|People Name in Country||Huave, San Mateo del Mar|
|Natural Name||San Mateo del Mar Huave|
|Pronunciation||sahn mah-TAY-oh del mahr WAH-vay|
|Alternate Names||Huave, San Mateo del Mar, Tehuantepec, Oaxaca; San Mateo del Mar Huave|
|Population this Country||13,000|
|Population all Countries||13,000|
|Progress Scale||4 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||6 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|Affinity Bloc||Latin-Caribbean Americans|
|People Cluster||Central American Indigenous, other|
|People Group||Huave, San Mateo del Mar|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||38 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Oaxaca state: San Mateo del Mar; southeast coast. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Huave, San Mateo del Mar|
|Language Code||huv Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Huave, San Mateo del Mar
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1972-2009)|
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|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Huave, San Mateo del Mar||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels||Bible Media Group/LUMO|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text, audio, video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app (Wycliffe)||SIL|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Huave, San Mateo del Mar||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Bible app direct APK download||SIL|
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|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Huave, San Mateo del Mar||YouVersion Bibles|
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