American Indian culture
"Topil" is an indigenous Oaxacan word for a traditional public servant, usually a young man who volunteers his time to be an
assistant and messenger for a priest or leader. The word topil comes from Nahuatl, but is often used by Zapotec, Mixtec and Amuzgo people
as well, although the Zapotec word for such a public servant is actually ga, and the Amuzgo word is jnd'i.
Here are links to our webpages about the Oaxacan tribes and languages:
Here are a few good books about the indigenous Mexicans of Oaxaca:
The Cloud People: Zapotec and Mixtec Civilizations
The Mixtecs of Oaxaca: Ancient Times to the Present
The Mesoamerican Indian Languages
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