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Coyuche

"Coyuche," also spelled "Coyuchi," is the name for native brown cotton which is grown and spun by the indigenous peoples of the Oaxacan coast (such as the Amuzgo, Mixtec, and Trique.) Coyuche is the Nahuatl (Aztec) name for this cotton, which means "coyote-colored" (since this cotton is the light tan color of coyotes, unlike the white cotton that was traditionally grown in Aztec areas.) In Amuzgo the name of native cotton is tzoan, while in Mixtec it is cachi.

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Here are links to our webpages about the Oaxacan tribes and languages:

 Amuzgo
 Mixtec
 Mexico Indian
 Oto-Manguean language family
 Mesoamerican people

Here are links to more Internet resources about coyuche:
 Culture of Mexico: Coyuche Cotton
 People of the Loom: Coyuche
 The People of the Loom
 The Mixtecos and their Textiles

And here are a few good books about the indigenous Mexicans of Oaxaca:
 Mexican Textiles
 The Mixtecs of Oaxaca: Ancient Times to the Present
 The Mesoamerican Indian Languages



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