Santiago Ixcuintepec

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Santiago Ixcuintepec
Municipality and town
Santiago Ixcuintepec is located in Mexico
Santiago Ixcuintepec
Santiago Ixcuintepec
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 16°56′N 95°37′W / 16.933°N 95.617°W / 16.933; -95.617Coordinates: 16°56′N 95°37′W / 16.933°N 95.617°W / 16.933; -95.617
Country  Mexico
State Oaxaca
Area
 • Total 102.07 km2 (39.41 sq mi)
Elevation 800 m (2,600 ft)
Population (2005)
 • Total 1,441
Time zone Central Standard Time (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) Central Daylight Time (UTC-5)

Santiago Ixcuintepec is a town and municipality in Oaxaca in south-western Mexico. It is part of the Sierra Mixe district within the Sierra Norte de Oaxaca Region. The name "Ixcuintepec" means "Dog Head Hill".[1]

Environment[edit]

The municipality covers an area of 102.07 km², with mountainous terrain. The climate is mild and humid. Flora include pine and oak trees, tulip, red and purple bougainvillea, marigolds and rose of Castille flowers. Edible plants include squash, cassava, sweet potatoes, quintonilla and the Guille de chayote leaf and heart, as well as bananas, avocados, mamey, oranges, sapodilla, black sapote, mango and custard pineapple. Wild fauna include peacock, chachalaca, dove blue, toucans, orioles, mockingbirds, roadrunner, boa, deaf adder, coral and scorpion.[1]

Economy[edit]

As of 2005, the municipality had 305 households with a total population of 1,441, of which 1,124 spoke an indigenous language. 95% of the people are engaged in agriculture, cultivating maize, beans, wheat, fruits and vegetables.[1] The Union of Indigenous Communities of the Isthmus Region, a cooperative founded in 1982, assists in production and distribution of the local products, under a fair trade label.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Santiago Ixcuintepec". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  2. ^ "Union of Indigenous Communities of the Isthmus Region" (PDF). GPIAtlantic. Retrieved 2010-07-18.