Pelota mixteca has been played for hundreds of years by indigenous people throughout the Americas.
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 Because a majority of the pelota mixteca players live in communities where Spanish or English are spoken rather than Zapotec, second-generation Oaxacan children are less likely to preserve that language or any of the other indigenous languages spoken during play.
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“My dad first brought me out here when I was 17, but now I come on my own and I bring my children"
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