Central Pame in Mexico

The Central Pame have only been reported in Mexico
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Introduction / History

There are a couple of Pame tribes, each with their own dialect. One is the Central Pame. Their language is related to that of the larger Otomí and Mazahua tribes. Their ancestors were the nomadic Chichimec people.
There is little or no archeological evidence about the Pame history, so most of what we know about them came after the Spanish conquest. The Pame homeland was made up of rocky, poor soil. Ironically, this provided them with more independence from the Spaniards since the latter did not want to settle in poor farmland. There were attempts to put the Pame on missions, but they would escape to their homeland and return to their farms. Even then, Spanish colonists took Pame land reducing them to migrant workers. This continued until the Mexican Revolution (1910-20) when the new government returned land to the Pame people. They received their land back.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Currently the Pame are either migrant workers or they try to eke out an existence growing maize, beans and squash on their rocky soil. They have always excelled at surviving with very little. For part of the year, they are migrant workers who earn a modest income.
Men do the farm work and carpentry while the women weave, cook and care for children. At age six sons begin to work with their fathers while daughters start learning household duties from their mothers. Daughters stay close to their mothers until they marry, at which time they join their husband’s family. The Central Pame have nuclear families.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though they get married in a Catholic church and attend mass, Central Pame traditional religion blends with Catholicism. They use the same word for their god of the sun as the Catholics use for God the Father. They associate the Virgin Mary with their moon goddess. Their theology involves witches, spirits of the dead and gods.


What Are Their Needs?

The Central Pame people need to put Jesus Christ at the center of their lives and their worship. There is no room at the empty tomb for fear of dead spirits or gods.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to call Central Pame people to place Jesus at the center of their lives and receive his abundant life.
Pray for Pame who love the Lord to disciple others who will in turn make even more disciples.
Pray for the Pame to hunger for spiritual truth and find it in the Lord of lords.


Scripture Prayers for the Pame, Central in Mexico.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pame_people
https://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/pame#:~:text=Present%2Dday%20Pame%20are%20the,Quer%C3%A9taro%2C%20and%20Hidalgo.
https://www.everyculture.com/Middle-America-Caribbean/Pame-History-and-Cultural-Relations.html


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Pame, Central
People Name in Country Pame, Central
Natural Name Central Pame
Pronunciation sen-TRAHL PAH-may
Alternate Names Central Chichimeca Pame; Central Chichimeca Pame- San Luis Potosi; Chichimeca; Chichimeca Pame, Central; Del Centro; Pame; San Luis Potosi
Population this Country 10,000
Population all Countries 10,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 11120
ROP3 Code 101916
ROP25 Code 306477
ROP25 Name Pame
Country Mexico
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 37  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country El Madrono area, Queretaro de Arteaga; San Luis Potosí state: Lagunillas, Santa Catarina, and Santa María Acapulco.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Mexico
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 37  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country El Madrono area, Queretaro de Arteaga; San Luis Potosí state: Lagunillas, Santa Catarina, and Santa María Acapulco..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.50 %)
95.00 %
Ethnic Religions
2.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
3.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Pame, Central (10,000 speakers)
Language Code pbs   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Pame, Central (10,000 speakers)
Language Code pbs   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Pame, Central
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