San Juan Cotzocón

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San Juan Cotzocón
Municipality an toun
San Juan Cotzocón is locatit in Mexico
San Juan Cotzocón
San Juan Cotzocón
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 17°10′N 95°47′W / 17.167°N 95.783°W / 17.167; -95.783
Kintra Mexico
 • Total945.4 km2 (365.0 sq mi)
 • Tot22,478
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central Staundart Time)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (Central Daylicht Time)

San Juan Cotzocón is a toun an municipality in Oaxaca in sooth-wastren Mexico. It is pairt o the Sierra Mixe destrict athin the Sierra Norte de Oaxaca Region. The name "Cotzocón" or "Cozogón" means "Daurk Muntain".[1]

Environs[eedit | eedit soorce]

The municipality covers an aurie o 945.4 km². The territory is ruggit, wi grazin an cultivation o coffee an corn practicit anerlie the lawer irregular plains. The Chiquito River runs throu the northren pairt, a tributar o the Rio Grande. The climate is wairm an humid, wi rain amaist aw year roond. The forested auries contain pine, cedar, an ceiba.[1]

Fowk[eedit | eedit soorce]

As o 2005, the municipality haed 5,030 hoosehaulds wi a total population o 22,478 o whom 10,712 spoke an indigenous leid. The main toun is nou María Lombardo de Caso, locatit at a hicht o 140 metres abuin sea level. Although in a Mixe aurie, mony o the fowk in this toun are Mazatec or Chinantec who muivit here efter bein displacit bi the Miguel Alemán Dam in the 1960s.[1] In the 1950s the remote municipality, accessible anerlie via dirt track, drew visitors frae the USA investigatin uise o hallucinogenic psilocybin mushrooms in the traditional Mixe ceremonies.[2]

Economy[eedit | eedit soorce]

The main economic activity is coffee cultivation, follaeed bi livestock raisin.[1] Some o the Mixe weemen o the veelage o San Juan Cotzocon uise back strap looms tae weave tradeetional huipil, rebosos, napkins, table cloths an ither textile crafts.[3] The Union of Indigenous Communities of the Isthmus Region, a cooperative foondit in 1982, assists in production an distribution o the local products, notably coffee, unner a fair trade label.[4]

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "San Juan Cotzocon". Enciclopedia de los Municipios de México. Instituto Nacional para el Federalismo y el Desarrollo Municipal. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  2. Terence K. McKenna, Thomas J. Riedlinger (1997). The sacred mushroom seeker: tributes to R. Gordon Wasson. Inner Traditions / Bear & Company. p. 138ff. ISBN 0-89281-338-5. 
  3. "Cotzocon Mixe". Mexican Indigenous Textile Project. Retrieved 2010-07-22. 
  4. "Union of Indigenous Communities of the Isthmus Region" (PDF). GPIAtlantic. Retrieved 2010-07-18.