Suroeste Tepehua in Mexico

The Suroeste Tepehua have only been reported in Mexico
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Introduction / History

The indigenous Tepehua peoples live in the mountains of eastern Mexico, namely the Sierra Madre Oriental. They have four subgroups, one of which is called the Suroeste Tepehua. They speak one of the Nahuatl languages.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Tepehua, Cora and Huichol peoples have similar lifestyles. All Tepehua peoples live in remote, scattered mountainous areas. Their homes are usually made of stone. Most are farmers who grow corn and beans. The Suroeste Tepehua raise chickens, turkeys and goats for meat. They hunt for wild game.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Like most indigenous peoples of Mexico, they are marginally Roman Catholic. They have the chance to hear the gospel truth, but most put their faith in ancient spirits and saints, like Saint Peter, etc. whom they believe can intercede for them before God.


What Are Their Needs?

The saints provide example of faithful living, but they do not have a magical connection with the true lord, Jesus Christ. The Suroeste Tepehua people need to put Christ first in their lives.


Prayer Points

Pray for Suroeste Tepehua fellowships to be Christ centered rather than saint and spirit centered.
Pray for spiritual hunger and a discernment that will keep them away from spiritual counterfeits.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to turn the Suroeste Tepehua church to make disciples who will make more disciples.
Pray there will soon come a day when the Suroeste Tepehua people will send loving workers to the unreached people groups in their country.


Scripture Prayers for the Tepehuan, Suroeste in Mexico.


References

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Tepehuan
https://indigenousmexico.org/hidalgo/indigenous-hidalgo-at-the-crossroads-between-two-cultures-otomi-and-nahuatl/?print=print
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tepehuas


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Tepehuan, Suroeste
People Name in Country Tepehuan, Suroeste
Natural Name Suroeste Tepehua
Pronunciation soor-oh-ESS-tay teh-pay-WAHN
Population this Country 11,000
Population all Countries 11,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 3
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed
Alternate Names Southwestern Tepehuan; Tepehuan Suroeste, Cerro Gordo, Tepehuano; Tepehuan, Southwestern
People ID 15075
ROP3 Code 109529
Country Mexico
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Durango state: Lajas, Taxicaringa, and Teneraca; Nayarit state: Huajicori municipality.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Mexico
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Durango state: Lajas, Taxicaringa, and Teneraca; Nayarit state: Huajicori municipality..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.04 %)
60.00 %
Ethnic Religions
30.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
10.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Tepehuan, Southwestern (11,000 speakers)
Language Code tla   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tepehuan, Southwestern (11,000 speakers)
Language Code tla   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tepehuan, Southwestern

Primary Language:  Tepehuan, Southwestern

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Started

Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Photo Source Tim W. Meyer 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more