Isthmus Mixe (Ayüük)

Isthmus Mixe is a member of the Mixe branch of the Mixe-Zoque language family. It is spoken by about 22,500 people in the villages of Coatlán San José el Paraíso, Mazatlán, Guichicovi and Camotlán in the municipality of San Juan Guichicovi on the Tehuantepec isthmus in the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico.

Isthmus Mixe is also known Lowland Mixe, Eastern Mixe, Guichicovi Mixe, Mixe del Istmo, Mixe medio del este or Ayuk. Native speakers call it Ayüük, hagunaax or hayuuc.

Isthmus Mixe is written with the Latin alphabet, and there appear to be several different spelling systems. About 10% of Isthmus Mixe speakers are literate in their language. There is a translation of the New Testament in Isthmus Mixe.

Isthmus Mixe alphabet

Isthmus Mixe alphabet


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Sample text (Matthew 6: 9-13)

  1. A paadyëts, jëduꞌunëts ajxy mgojxtënaꞌawët: “Dios Teety tsajtpootypë, ween miich ajxy oymyënaajë xywyinguꞌudsëgëꞌëy, ix waꞌats oy miich nëgëꞌë nëdekpyë.
  2. Min miich aneꞌem ma ëjtsën. Nej michë mjoot chokyën, ween jeꞌe tyuñ ma ëda jëyaꞌay yabë naax wiinbë ajxyën, jëduꞌun nepy jim tsajtpootypën.
  3. Ëjtsë kaayëëk uukëëk mooyëk ja jëdaꞌa gëxpë.
  4. Ëjtsë nbojpë ngëdyeey mëmeeꞌxëk, jëduꞌun nepy ëjts nmëmeeꞌxyën ja ëjts të xymyagëdyeeyëbë.
  5. Kaꞌa ëjts xyñëduky jëduꞌun ëjts ngugaꞌawëꞌëwët ma ëjts ja axëëkpë ënajty xywyinmaꞌantyꞌíxyën, yakꞌawaꞌatspëdsëëmëk ëjts ma ja axëëkpën. [Ix miichë mꞌaneꞌemt jeꞌe, mëdë mmëjaa, mët ja mmëj jaanchpë, këjxtaꞌaxyëë.” Jëduꞌun jeꞌe.]



  1. After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
  2. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
  3. Give us this day our daily bread.
  4. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
  5. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.


Sample videos in Isthmus Mixe


Information about Isthmus Mixe

Mixe languages

Isthmus Mixe, Midland Mixe, Oluta Popoluca, Sayula Popoluca, Tlahuitoltepec Mixe, Totontepec Mixe

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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