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  • The sounds of church bells and fireworks mix with the sounds of trucks with license plates from North Carolina, Oregon and Minnesota on the roads of Tlaxiaco, Chalcatongo and Magdalena Tlacotepec. These are the towns of immigrants.
  • Undocumented Mexican immigration has transformed life in the United States—but it has also changed and shaped Mexico's native Mixtec communities.

    In recent decades, Mexicans have become avid consumers of American culture, especially the ones that have returned from working in the United States.
  • There are Western Unions for sending money and phone booths for calling the United States. Signs for bi-national workers' associations appear in the streets of Chalcatongo among the tamales and bread stands. There are signs for "Fried Chicken" and “Gabacho [slang for American] Clothing Store" and an ecological sign written in English, Spanish and Mixtec: "(Take) Care (of) the nature."

    Inside the church, there is even information about a religious association in Texas that caters to Mixtecs.
  • The houses built by those who have lived in the United States are not only bigger and more modern than the traditional wood shacks of the Mixtec Highlands, but they are also built in an "American style," transforming the landscape.
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