• The numbers (literally) speak volumes: at least 1/3 of Oaxacans speak an indigenous language and there are towns where you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who speaks Spanish. Moreover, there are 16 officially recognized indigenous tongues (and many more unofficially recognized ones), making Oaxaca the most ethnically diverse of Mexico’s 31 states by a long shot.

Photography by Marcela Taboada

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