Mixtec groups live in the mountains of Southern Mexico. They maintain a pre-Columbian language and culture. They have their own unique language, San Miguel Piedras Mixtec, though most also speak Spanish. They live in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca.
Today the San Miguel Piedras Mixtecs are usually subsistence farmers who grow corn, beans and squash. Their farming equipment is usually basic. They improve their diet through hunting and fishing. They go to the forests to collect things to sell in the markets. They sell woven and ceramic goods as well.
The culture of the Mixtec is both hierarchical and patriarchal. Those who move to the US usually maintain very strong cultural, family, and financial ties to their communities of origin. Most are oral learners and do not read or write in their own language.
The primary religion practiced by the San Miguel Piedras Mixtec people is a form of folk Catholicism. They revere Catholic saints, nature spirits and their ancestors, whom they believe are the guardians of Mixtec ways. They have regular fiestas to honor and revere their gods and patron saints.
The San Miguel Piedras Mixtec people need to put their trust and identity in the hands of the loving God of Creation who sent his son to make it possible for them to enter the Kingdom of God.
Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the San Miguel Piedras Mixtec.
Pray God will have mercy on the Mixtec, doing whatever it takes to place them in a position to receive him.
Ask God to open the hearts of the San Miguel Piedras Mixtec to the gospel.
Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among them.
Scripture Prayers for the Mixteco, San Miguel Piedras in Mexico.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Mixteco, San Miguel Piedras|
|People Name in Country||Mixteco, San Miguel Piedras|
|Natural Name||San Miguel Piedras Mixteco|
|Pronunciation||sahn mee-GEHL pee-AY-drahs meeks-TEH-koh|
|Alternate Names||Mixteco; Mixteco, San Miguel Piedras, Nochixtlan, Oaxaca; San Miguel Piedras; South Nochixtlan Mixtec|
|Population this Country||600|
|Population all Countries||600|
|Progress Scale||3 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||6 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||38 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Oaxaca state: Nochixtlán district. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Mixtec, San Miguel Piedras|
|Language Code||xtp Ethnologue Listing|