Huichol in United States

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Huichol are an indigenous people who live in the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains of western Mexico about 200 miles southeast of the city of Mazatlán. The Huichol successfully resisted the Spanish conquerors for many years due to the rugged, remote land in which they lived. Unlike almost all Mexican tribal peoples, the Huichol clung to their folk religion and did not accept Roman Catholicism of the Spanish. A whole Bible became available in 2020 in the Huichol's native language of Huichol.

Where Are they Located?

Over 5000 of them have migrated to the Chicago area of the USA. Coming to the USA, the Huichol have had to change their traditional lifestyle.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The first priority of the Huichol arriving in the USA is obtaining shelter and food. Next, they learn English and put their children in schools. The jobs available to the Huichol tend to be ones that do not require a high level of education such as working in factories, as domestics, in restaurants and gardening. As their children learn English and gain new job skills their economic position will improve. Living in America, the Huichol want to be model citizens and at the same time preserve their traditional language and culture. Time will tell if the Huichol are able to retain their traditions and customs in their new home.

Today the Huichol provide for themselves by growing and raising their own food, and extended Huichol families live together in rancho settlements.
What Are Their Beliefs?

In Mexico the Huichol are animists and ancestor worshippers. Village shamans play a big role in the religious and physical lives of the people. These shamans connect the Huichol to the spiritual world and act as medical doctors. It is doubtful that the Huichol in the USA will give the shaman the same important position as the Huichol of Chicago gain access to modern medicine.

What Are Their Needs?

Believers can reach out and help meet the spiritual, social and physical need of the newly arrived Huichol. The Huichol will need much help integrating into modern society. Most of the Huichol need to see that only Jesus can forgive their sins and release them from their fear of evil spirits.

Prayer Points

Pray that the leaders of the Huichol community in the USA are open to the claims of Jesus Christ. Pray the Lord moves believers to help meet the needs of the Huichol. Ask God to raise up faithful pastors and Bible teachers to train the Huichol in the ways of the Lord. Pray for a disciple making movement to begin among the Huichol of Chicago and Mexico.

Scripture Prayers for the Huichol in United States.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Huichol
People Name in Country Huichol
Pronunciation wee-CHOHL
Alternate Names Huichol, De Nayarit Occidente; Huichol-Nayarit/Jalisco
Population this Country 6,300
Population all Countries 57,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 12141
ROP3 Code 103898
ROP25 Code 303098
ROP25 Name Huichol
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country California, Naperville, IL   Source:
Country United States
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country California, Naperville, IL.   Source:
Map of Huichol in United States
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 2.00 %)
5.00 %
Ethnic Religions
95.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Huichol
Language Code hch   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Primary Language Huichol
Language Code hch   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
People Groups Speaking Huichol

Primary Language:  Huichol

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1958-2003)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1967-2009)
Bible-Complete Yes  (2020)
FCBH NT ( Online
YouVersion NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Huichol Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app (Wycliffe) SIL
Mobile App Android Bible app: Huichol YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Bible app direct APK download SIL
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Huichol YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language
Photo Source Fernando Rosales - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: People Groups Initiative. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.