The weaving tradition in Teotitlan
del Valle goes back
to pre-Hispanic times. Teotitlan even had to pay tribute
to the Aztecs in the form of cloth. In Zapoteco Teotitlan
del Valle is called Xiguie’e, which means Magical
Place. Zapotec culture dominates life in Teotitlan. Zapoteco
is the primary language and Zapotec customs are conserved.
the mercado de artesanias in the center of the village,
the full variety of tapetes and sarapes
are on display.
Oaxaca Easter Parade
Read more about the Zapotec History
and Culture including:
Much of Zapotec history
centers on the large
archaeological site of
The ruins at Mitla are a
source for many of the
designs of the Zapotec
The ruins at Dainzu, one of the earliest
sites of Zapotec
occupation in the Oaxaca Valley.
The central valley of Oaxaca is a mountain highland
encompassing 3,375 square kilometers (1,303 square
miles), at an elevation of approximately 1,550 meters
(5,115 feet). Explore the Geography
of the Oaxaca Valley.