This book is a second-edition reprint of the 1971 classic ethnography of the Triqui people, an indigenous peasant population of some 25,000 who inhabit the Mixteca region in the northwestern part of the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. The new edition, featuring the addition of a short biography of García Alcaraz, has been produced to honor this well-known Mexican anthropologist, who died in 1995.

García Alcaraz started working as a priest in 1967 in the town of San Juan Copala, in the heart of Triqui territory, and was deeply committed to the defense of the Triqui in their confrontation with the Mexican state and other forces complicit in the group’s marginalization. Even today there is a notable dearth of ethnography on the Triqui; this work, though dated, remains one of the most comprehensive accounts. The book attempts, in the customary indigenista ethnographic style of the 1970s, to render a thorough...

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