Culture & Community
Decendents of the earliest known inhabitants of the region are of Amuzgo, Chatino, and/or Mixtec origin, many of whom live in remote areas and rely on subsistence farming. Many do not speak Spanish—or only speak it as a second language.
The Mixtec were an important ancient civilizations in Mesoamerica. Although never defeated by the Aztecs, they eventually succumbed to the Spanish invaders.
That invasion also introduced Spanish culture, language, and ethnicity to Mesoamerica.
Mexicans who inhabit the Costa Chica region include those whose ancestry goes back hundreds of years, as well as those who have moved to the area in recent years.
A large part of the population is Afromestizo. These African-Mexicans are descendents of African slaves who were brought to the region hundreds of years ago. It's said a slave ship headed for the Americas ran aground here and this is where they stayed.
Currently the schools in Chacahua only go through sixth grade. And unfortunately, the schools are substandard and lacking necessities like books, computers, and sadly, even decent bathrooms.
The school on the island of Chacahua (left) and the loose bricks that pass as a step in front of the classroom (right).
The Future of Chacahua
The children of Chacahua are beautiful, precious, and are the future of this land. If they are taught to take care of the park, then there is hope for a much brighter future.
Recycling and conservation will be up to this generation.
Jose Rodriguez does his best to bring down one of the many piñatas used to celebrate his birthday.
Always a Warm Tortilla
The local tortilla factory on mainland Chacahua.