The Mixe (Ayuuk) people live in the mountains northeast of the
Valleys, near the border of Veracruz.
They are famous for their music and their knowledge of traditional
The Selva Mixe can be divided in three geographical
regions. The Zona Alta (above 1,500 meters) is home to the sacred
Zempoaltépetl mountain. The Zona Media ranges in height from
800 to 1,500 meters and has a temperate climate and dense forest.
The Zona Baja is located below 800 meters and has a warm, tropical
Santa María Tlahuitoltepec is located near
the Cempoaltepetl Mountain, 123 kilometers from Oaxaca City. Town
fiestas take place on August 15th and December 12th.
Traditional crafts include clay pottery and embroidered
textiles. Near Oaxaca City, a fine selection of products is available
at the Ayuuk
store east of the plaza in Santa
María del Tule.
The region stands out for its music.
The Center for Musical Training and Development of
the Mixe Culture (CECAM) is located in Santa María Tlahuitoltepec,
Oaxaca, an indigenous community to the northeast of the state capital
and home to around 8,000 members of the Ayuuk people, one of the
nearly 60 ethnic groups in Mexico.
Vocabulary from Santa María Ocotepec
People and Tourism in Mexico