indigenous Mexicans

Indigenous Mexicans, or the indigenous peoples of Mexico, are the descendants of the original inhabitants of the region before the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century. They are characterized by their rich cultural diversity, unique languages, and deep historical roots. Here are some key aspects of indigenous Mexicans:

Ethnic Groups

Mexico is home to a wide variety of indigenous groups, each with its own distinct cultural practices, languages, and traditions. Some of the major groups include:

  • Nahuas: One of the largest indigenous groups, primarily located in central Mexico. They are descendants of the Aztecs.
  • Maya: Primarily found in the Yucatán Peninsula, Chiapas, and parts of Central America. Known for their advanced ancient civilization.
  • Zapotecs: Mainly in the state of Oaxaca, known for their rich history and archaeological sites like Monte Albán.
  • Mixtecs: Also concentrated in Oaxaca, with communities in Puebla and Guerrero.
  • Tarahumara (Rarámuri): In the northern state of Chihuahua, famous for their long-distance running abilities.