Mixtec, Santa María Zacatepec


A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Mixteco de Santa María Zacatepec, Southern Putla Mixtec, “Tacuate” (pej.), Tu’un Va’a, Zacatepec Mixtec

2,570 (2005 census). 510 monolinguals.


Oaxaca, south of Putla, Tapanco, Nejapa, Atotonilco, San Miguel, San Juan Viejo, Rancho de la Virgen, and Las Palmas towns.

Language Maps
Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


None known. 64% intelligibility of Ixtayutla [vmj], 63% of Jicaltepec [mio] (Pinotepa Nacional Mixtec), 40%–50% of Metlatónoc [mxv], 25%–30% of Yoloxochitl [xty].

Language Use

Vigorous. Some Spanish-speaking merchants can understand Mixtec. All domains. Oral use in local administration, commerce. Some use in primary schools, churches. All ages. Negative attitudes but use continues. 100 also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 30%. Poetry. Grammar. Bible portions: 1995–2008.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

About 1,000 working in the United States. Called “Tacuates” by people in the area including Indians, which can be offensive depending on context and other signals. Christian.