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Who Are the Mixtecs: LANGUAGE

Mixteco | Tu'un Sávi “Language of the Rain”
 
 
Mixteco is a tonal language with no written form. Mixtec history was passed down through pictographs and oral tradition.  
 
There are between 12 and 60 different forms of Mixteco that vary by region. Linguists disagree about whether or not some of these forms are dialects or distinct Mixtecan languages.
 
Mixteco Alto and Mixteco Bajo are the dialects generally identified by Mixteco speakers in California.
 
There are an estimated 550,000 Mixteco speakers.