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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.130

Nahua migration to Monterrey and the celebration of Xantolo. The case of San Martín and Atlajque in the Huasteca Potosina, México


  • Jorge Arturo MIRABAL VENEGAS

Primary authors


The present investigation analyzes the local effects of migration through the Nahua migrant population, which is one of the most exuberant indigenous ethnic groups in Mexico, to the city of Monterrey in the party called Xantolo, or All Saints Day in the Nahuatl language. , in the Huasteca region of San Luis Potosí. The Xantolo festival (regional version of the day of the dead) is analyzed in relation to the changes that are generated in the town of Atlajque and in the municipal seat of San Martín Chalchicuautla, by the direct or indirect participation of its population in the national migration to Monterrey, which in recent decades has become an activity with significant impacts on the local and regional economy, political organization and cultural manifestations, and work and gender roles. Migration as a recurring activity among the Nahua population influences the organization and structure of the Xantolo festival. It should be noted that this festivity is of great importance in the ritual and festive cycle of the Huasteca region, in the state of San Luis Potosí, Mexico.