Chiquihuitlán Mazatec

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Chiquihuitlán Mazatec
Native toMexico
RegionSan Juan Chiquihuitlán, Oaxaca
Native speakers
1,500 (monolinguals= 340 [1] date 1990 census) (2000)[2]
Language codes
ISO 639-3maq

Chiquihuitlán is the most divergent variety of Mazatec, less than 50% intelligible with Huautla, the prestige variety, and even less intelligible with other Mazatecan languages.[4]

Language Revitalization[edit]

There has been an undergoing effort to gather as much information about the language as possible. Usually the group of people that speak this language is relatively small, and are forced to leave their native language and adopt the language with the greatest possibility of communication. An effort to help people keep their native language while learning Spanish are those undergone by teacher Gloria Ruiz de Bravo Abuja that created the institution Instituto de Investigación e Integración Social del Estado de Oaxaca en 1969. Another program is Archivo de lenguas indígenas del estate de Oaxaca which publishes promising findings in a series of linguistic schemes.[5]


  1. ^ García-Mendoza, A. J., Ordóñez Díaz, M. D., & Briones-Salas, M. (2004). Biodiversidad de Oaxaca (1st ed.). México: UNAM, Instituto de Biología
  2. ^ Chiquihuitlán Mazatec at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Chiquihuitlan Mazatec". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  4. ^ "Mazatec, Chiquihuitlán reference at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)". Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  5. ^ Ruiz de Bravo Ahuja, Gloria., Troike, Rudolph., Suarez, Jorge. (1978). Mazateco de Chiquihuitlan, Oaxaca. Archives of Indigenous Languages in the State of Oaxaca. Retrieved from

External links[edit]

The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America has audio samples of the language. [1] Maria Sabina - Mujer Espiritu video [2]