The Mazahua People

The Mazahua are indigenous people of Mexico and have been pushed around for a thousand years by Aztecs, Toltecs, conquistadores, and politicians. The largest concentration of Mazahua is found in the municipalities of San Felipe del Progreso and San José del Rincón, both in Mexico state (Estado de México), near Toluca. They live on a high plateau just 70 miles west of Mexico City, subsisting on corn, beans, prickly pear, and maguey, raising sheep, poultry, and other livestock in a land that’s dry except during the summer, when it can be scoured by flash floods. The word Mazahua is of Nahuatl origin meaning “the owners of deer”, probably referring to the rich fauna of the mountainous region inhabited by the Mazahua.