Text: The founding of Tataltepec

Texto: La fundación de Tataltepec

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Subject LanguageChatino, Tataltepec de Valdés
Language PID(s)ailla:119704
Title [Indigenous]
Language of Indigenous Title
TitleText: The founding of Tataltepec
Language CommunityTataltepec Chatino
Place CreatedTataltepec de Valdés, Oaxaca, México
Date Created2011-07-20
Description [Indigenous]
Language of Indigenous Description
DescriptionFlavia Mateo tells a story of the founding of Tataltepec by a rich merchant woman from the Valley of Oaxaca named María who passed by the site of Tataltepec and noticed that it was good land, and suggested that the Chatinos of Cerro Agua Fría settle the plain. This story also explains the splitting up of the Tataltepec-Chatino-speaking people from the Zenzontepec-Chatino-speaking people to the north, since those people remained in the north having decided not to settle in the area of Tataltepec. This María is also the person who suggests that the Chatinos plant prickly pear cactuses to raise cochineal. It is because of this that Our Lady of the Assumption was chosen as the patroness of the town when the church was first built. [Tataltepec was known as Santa María Asunción Tataltepec before being re-named in honor of revolutionary hero Antonio de Valdés]. Flavia Mateo was told this story by her father Leonor Mateo.
Source Note
Contributor(s) Individual / RoleSullivant, J. Ryan (Researcher)
Mateo Mejía, Flavia (Speaker)
Cortés Jiménez, Celiflora (Translator)
Contributor(s) Corporate / Role

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