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The Chatinos of Oaxaca

The Chatinos represent the sixth indigenous tribe of Oaxaca, with more than 40,000 people speaking the language. Chatino means work of words. They call themselves kitse cha’tnio, in reference to their cha’cña language. In prehistoric times, Oaxaca belonged to hunter-gatherers who descended from the north. The first distinctive culture that inhabited Oaxaca was the Chatino …

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