Nahuatl, Eastern Durango


A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Eastern Durango Aztec, Meshikan del Este, Mexicanero del Este, Nahuat del Este de Durango
Meshikan de San Pedro Shikora

400 (2011 SIL).


Durango state: Mezquital municipality, Agua Caliente, Agua Fria, La Tinaja, and San Pedro Jicora; Nayarit state: Del Nayer municipality.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).


None known. 85% intelligibility of Western Durango Nahuatl [azn], 76% of Michoacan Nahuatl [ncl].

Language Use

The migration of Southeastern Tepehuan [stp] speakers into the area over the last few decades has put more pressure on Nahuatl speakers than the influence of Spanish [spa] as a lingua franca. Much intermarriage with the Tepehuan group. Some young people, all adults. Also use Southeastern Tepehuan [stp], Spanish [spa].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 16% (Durango). Taught in primary schools. Literature. Radio. Videos. Texts. Bible portions: 2018.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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