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“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Tzeltal of United States

People Group Info

Total Population: 64,100

ROP3 Code: 103775
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster: Maya
Language: Tzeltal - (tzh)
Religion: Christianity - Roman Catholic
Country of Origin: Mexico

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Majority Located Where

  San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA - 600

  San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA - 25

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 10

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Brief Profile

The Tzeltal are an indigenous Mayan people group who have migrated from the central highlands of Chiapas State, Mexico and retain their pre-Columbian language and culture.

Their hometowns are poor rural farming communities, and increasing numbers of Tzeltal, especially adult men, have left to seek better economic opportunities in the USA. Upon arrival, the link up with other immigrants from Chiapas who help them to get established. They are often exploited by their employers who pay them less than they pay their Hispanic peers, and they struggle to learn English (and sometimes Spanish).

The primary religion of the Tzeltal is a mixture of Roman Catholicism with the traditional Mayan religious practices of their homeland. Their primary language is Tzeltal, which does have a translation of the Bible. The Jesus Film is available in three different Tzeltal dialects.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Tzeltal believers to boldly proclaim the gospel to their people.
  • Pray that the barriers of traditional Mayan religion would be broken down.
  • Pray for more workers for the harvest, both for the Tzeltal in the United States, as well as those in Mexico.

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Scripture Earth Resources in Various Tzeltal Dialects
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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesSan FranciscoSan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCA600
United StatesSan JoseSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA25
United StatesLos AngelesLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA10