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Huave, San Mateo del Mar in Mexico

Huave, San Mateo del Mar

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
13,000 Huave, San Mateo del Mar Christianity 95.00 % 10.00 %   

Huave, San Mateo del Mar in Mexico

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Introduction / History
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.

What are their lives like?
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.

What are their beliefs?
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.

What are their needs?
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.

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* Pray that the established Huave churches would keep growing.

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Country: Mexico
Continent: North America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Oaxaca state: San Mateo del Mar; southeast coast.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Huave, San Mateo del Mar
People Name General: Huave, San Mateo del Mar
Alternate People Names:
Huave, San Mateo del Mar, Tehuantepec, OaxacaSan Mateo del Mar Huave
ROP3 Code: 108617
Joshua Project People ID: 14706
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 13,000
Population all Countries: 13,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Central American Indigenous, other
People Name General: Huave, San Mateo del Mar
Ethnic Code: MIR37z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Huave, San Mateo del Mar
Language Code (ISO): huv    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Spanish (Unknown)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Protestant
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity95.00 %(Evangelical: 10.00 %)
Ethnic Religions2.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious3.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant80.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic20.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Evangelicals have a modest presence.
Least-Reached: No
COMIMEX Morelia Scale:Level 7   Autonomous, contextualized, self-supporting, self-governed, reproducing Church
GSEC Status:Level 6   Greater than or equal to 10% Evangelical
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1953-1995
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Jayats nanderac wüx miteatiiüts ...
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