Indigenous Peoples

Zapotecs are an Indigenous group in Oaxaca with an incredible breadth and depth of culture. This page feature working notes on Zapotec culture past, present, and future with an emphasis on history, language, traditional dance, and food.

As a language, Zapotec is a group of languages spoken principally in Oaxaca, and also parts of Veracruz and Puebla. There has been a migration of Zapotec-speakers now living in Mexico City and also parts of the USA (particularly California). There are about 100 variations of the language.

Questions = Preguntas

  • How do you translate ‘inframundo’ in Zapotec? = ¿Cómo se traduce ‘inframundo’ en zapoteco?

2022 University Course

Want to study Dizhsa (San Lucas Quiaviní Zapotec / Valley Zapotec) for University Credit? Dr. Felipe H. Lopez @dizhsa will be teaching this course online this summer! Scholarships are available (archived)

2021 Conference

El inframundo zapoteco en la época prehispánica y la continuidad histórica en el Valle de Tlacolula

Conferencia Entre el pasado y el presente: los ancestros en el Valle de Tlacolula. El inframundo zapoteco en la época prehispánica y la continuidad histórica en el Valle de Tlacolula con Leobardo Pacheco Arias y Alicia Torres Porras

Cali Chiu: A Course in Valley Zapotec

Irma Pineda
Irma Pineda leyendo poemas en Zapoteco y español – Diidxazá
Also: Endangered Language, Four Poems in Isthmus Zapotec and Spanish by Irma Pineda

Revitalización y fortalecimiento del Zapoteco

Relato de un zapoteco en proceso de aculturación – Ignacio Reyes Ruiz
Zapotec Talking Dictionary – Swarthmore
TuxTyping dedizh diiste / TuxTyping en Zapoteco
Los Angeles immigrant community pushes to keep Zapotec language alive

Indigenous Voices in Pedagogical Materials: Zapotec Number Systems and Indigenous Epistemologies, Post 2
Zapotecan Languages – Oxford
Extending Pedagogy through Social Media: Zapotec Language in and beyond Classrooms

Dill Yel Nbán
Dixha Xhon Dixha Ban
Radio Comunitaria La Voz de Yalálag
Voces del Valle
Radio aire zapoteco

Elsewhere on the Web

Felipe H. Lopez@DizhSa

Rethinking Zapotec Time Cosmology, Ritual, and Resistance in Colonial Mexico By David Tavárez

@DizhSa: Zapotec is not a single language is a family of languages In each variation we have a name for the language we speak i.e. I speak Dizhsa, some places in Sierra Norte they speak Dill Xhon, Isthmus Dixhaza and some people in the Sierra Sur they speak Di’zhke. Think of Zapotec as the Romance languages, we don’t say we speak Romance Language, we say we speak Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, or Romanian! (source)

Tlacochahuaya 2007- (Mañanitas Oaxaqueñas)

Bëni Xidza
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Janet Chávez Santiago
Janet Chávez Santiago: The Teotitlán del Valle Talking Dictionary

Ana Alonso Ortiz

Radio Yalalag


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