| Huave is a language
isolate spoken in several villages on the southern side of the Isthmus of
Tehuantepec in Oaxaca, Mexico. In the village of San Mateo del Mar,
most of the population is bilingual in Spanish and Huave, although there
are some monolingual Huave speakers. Children learn Huave and Spanish at
home and elementary schools are bilingual. In other villages Huave is much
less widely used. The total number of speakers is probably under 20,000.
San Mateo speakers often refer to the Huave language as ombeayiiüts ('our language') and to Huave people as ikoots ('us'). Some prefer to avoid the nonnative term Huave altogether.
Photos from our July 2006 fieldtrip