Chinanteco refers to a group of Oto-Manguean languages spoken in Veracruz and Oaxaca in southern Mexico. They are mutually unintelligible, so some linguists consider them to be separate languages rather than dialects. One of these is Valle Nacional.
The Valle Nacional Chinanteco grow corn, beans, cassava and yams for their own consumption. They raise chickens for their meat. For cash crops they grow tobacco and coffee. The women make beautiful embroideries for sale. They are phasing out weaving and handicrafts.
The Valle Nacional Chinantecos are solidly Roman Catholic, but many of them maintain the rituals of their traditional beliefs. For example, they do homage to the corn and mountain gods and goddesses. They have a strong Christian presence, however.
The Valle Nacional Chinantecos need a steady income and food supply. They are vulnerable to the whims of nature.
Pray for an abundant harvest for the Valle Nacional Chinantecos as proof of God’s power and goodness.
Pray for Chinanteco Christian believers to disciple others in the ways of Christ.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will give them openness to the uniqueness of Jesus Christ.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to do a deep work in Chinanteco churches in the coming years.
Scripture Prayers for the Chinanteco, Valle Nacional in Mexico.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Chinanteco, Valle Nacional|
|People Name in Country||Chinanteco, Valle Nacional|
|Natural Name||Valle Nacional Chinanteco|
|Pronunciation||VAH-yay nah-see-oh-NAHL chee-nahn-TEH-koh|
|Alternate Names||Chinanteco, Valle Nacional, Tuxtepec, Oaxaca; Valle Nacional Chinantec|
|Population this Country||600|
|Population all Countries||600|
|Progress Scale||5 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||38 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Oaxaca state: San Mateo Yetla in San Juan Bautista Valle Nacional. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Chinantec, Valle Nacional (600 speakers)|
|Language Code||cvn Ethnologue Listing|