Pelota mixteca has been played for hundreds of years by indigenous people throughout the Americas.

Pelota Mixteca

New York Times

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Pelota mixteca has been played for hundreds of years by indigenous people throughout the Americas.

Pelota mixteca has been played for hundreds of years by indigenous people throughout the Americas.

But it’s more than a competitive event.

Meet The Players Of A Centuries-Old Game Known As Pelota Mixteca Who Are Attempting To Preserve Their Sacred Oaxacan Cultural Practices.

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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.

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"

“My dad first brought me out here when I was 17, but now I come on my own and I bring my children"

Jorge Cruz said, pausing during one of the games. “He would always tell me that this was one of the ways that we could preserve our culture.”

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