Facts, Data....All About Oaxaca
Oaxaca de Juarez
Ethnic Groups: There are 18 indigenous groups in Oaxaca: Mixtecs , Zapotecs, Amuzgos, Chatinos, Chinantecos, Chochos, Chontales, Cuicatecos, Huaves, Ixcatecos, Mazatecos, Mixes, Popolocas, Triquis, Zoques & Tacuates.
Origin of the Name: The name Oaxaca comes from the Nahuatl word Huaxyacac. Huax means gourd and yacac at the top...so Oaxaca means "at the top of the gourd" . Gourds or huajes as they are called in Mexico are native to the region.
Pre-Columbian Civilizations: The Zapotecs and the Mixtecs were two great pre-Hispanic civilizations that flourished in what now is the State of Oaxaca.
Archeological Zones: Dainz˙ : 600 BC - 1200 AD
Mitla : Flourished from 1000 AD - 1500 AD
Monte Alban : 300 BC-1521 AD
Yagul : 750 BC - 1500 AD
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