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Zapotec Indians recreate village fiesta in Calif.

Zapotec Indians recreate village fiesta in Calif.

The farming town of Madera has become a hub for a community of indigenous Mexicans who find themselves thousands of miles (kilometers) from home during a major religious celebration.
Each December for the last three years, Zapotec (pronounced ZAH-po-teck) Indians from around the West Coast have gathered there to honor St. John the Evangelist. He's the patron saint of the Oaxacan village of Coatecas Altas (pronounced koh-ah-TECK-as AL-tas).
Zapotecs and other indigenous Mexicans are the newest wave of migrant workers. Labor officials estimate about 30 percent of California farmworkers are indigenous.
Zapotecs once traveled back home for the fiesta. But as border security tightened, many decided to remain stateside.
Two days after Christmas, more than 1,000 people ate a spicy chocolate sauce, prayed at an altar and paraded giant paper mache dolls. Organizers say the goal is to celebrate and preserve their unique culture.


Updated : 2021-08-05 20:25 GMT+08:00