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Nahuatl, Western Durango in Mexico

Nahuatl, Western Durango

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,000 Nahuatl, Western Durango Christianity 75.00 % 2.00 % No No   

Nahuatl, Western Durango in Mexico

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Introduction / History
The Nahuatl people of Durango and Nayarit are known as Mexicaneros. The word "mexicanero" is composed of the root "Mexican" and the derivational suffix "ero." The root corresponds to "Meshikan" (the 'x' is pronounced 'sh'), the word that people use to refer to their language. A person would be called a "Meshika." The suffix 'ero' comes from Spanish, which is added in order to designate one who speaks "Mexican". Other Spanish words are constructed similarly, such as zapatero - someone who makes zapatos (shoes), or jardinero – someone who takes care of a jardin (garden). It should be noted that the 'r' sound does not appear in the sound system of Mexicanero. It's also important to add that this is a dialectal variation of Náhuatl in which all words end in 't,' hence the name Nahuat. Durango Nahuat should not be referred to with the usual 'tl' ending, because it is offensive to Mexicaneros.

The Mexicaneros are a small group of several hundred people, who live in a remote area in the Western Sierra Madre mountains, along the border of Durango and Nayarit. They grow crops and raise livestock. Corn, squash and amaranth form the basis of their diet, though they also hunt game and gather wild fruits. Although they have incorporated various elements of Catholicism into their religion, they've retained their pre-Columbian worship practices with regard to the sun and moon, Venus, the eagle, and the deer. At this time, there are very few known believers in the group. More than 10 years ago, a process of preevangelism through community service was initiated. At that time, community development projects like the provision of drinkable water, a dental clinic, and literacy were used. A Bible translation project has also been started in this language.

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Country: Mexico
Continent: North America
Region: America, Latin
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Durango state: Mezquital municipality, Alacranes, Curachitos de Buenavista, San Agustin de Buenaventura, San Diego, Tepalcates, and Tepetates II (Berenjenas); Nayarit state: Acaponeta municipality, El Duraznito, La Laguna, Mesa de las Arpas, and Santa Cruz.
(Source: Ethnologue 2016)
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People Name in Country: Nahuatl, Western Durango
People Name General: Nahuatl, Western Durango
Alternate People Names:
Huicot AztecHuicot Aztec, Mexicanero
ROP3 Code: 103899
Joshua Project People ID: 12142
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,000
Population all Countries: 1,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Aztec
People Name General: Nahuatl, Western Durango
Ethnic Code: MIR37a
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Primary Language: Nahuatl, Western Durango (1,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): azn    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Independent
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity75.00 %(Evangelical: 2.00 %)
Ethnic Religions22.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious3.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent50.00 %
Protestant20.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic30.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Least-Reached: No
COMIMEX Morelia Scale:Level 3   Converts, but no church gathering
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2017
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
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