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  • The Mixtec highlands -"Mixteca Alta" in Spanish-, is a mountain region in the southern state of Oaxaca in Mexico, where the indigenous "People of the Clouds" -Ñuu Savi, in the local language or Mixtec, how Aztecs called them- have lived for centuries, keeping alive their language, dances, rituals and traditional dishes in a mix between ancient Pre-Columbian and Christian influences.
  • Today over 250,000 Mixtecs have left Mexico after the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that left the poorest communities, used to live off the land, unable to compete in the market against the cheap imported corn. This area is now one of the primary sources of illegal Mexican immigrants to the United States.
  • The collection Voices from the Mixtec Highlands supported by the Cowbird Unheard Voices Grant offers now the opportunity to share the stories of the divided lives of Mixtec people between the beauty of the mountains and their dreams of a better life in a new place, the ones who left and came back but also the people left behind in The Mixtec Highlands, a group of communities in danger of losing its social cohesion and identity.
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