Ayuujk Jaay - Mixe People

The Mixe people of Oaxaca, Mexico call themselves "Ayuujk Jaay" which translates as "people who speak the mountain language". They are known as the never conquered people. For centuries the Mixe have been travelling merchants throughout their mountains and beyond. Travel has brought back a filtered selection of the ideas and technology from the outside world. They maintain their roots by speaking Ayuujk, practicing their pre-hispanic religion (Nagualism) and governing themselves communally. Music has a long lineage of teachers that extend throughout generations and the region, creating a cohesion between districts. Their beliefs and lifestyle involve a reverence for nature as a source for their spirituality as well as livelihood.

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