Yes, there IS a language called “Mexican.”

[ Kurly Tlapoyawa ]

Did you know that Mexico is home to 62 Indigenous languages? This makes Mexico one of the most linguistically diverse countries on the planet! The language with the highest number of speakers is Nawatl, with nearly 2 million native speakers. This amazing language is also known as Mazewaltlahtolli, Nawatlahtolli, Mazewalkopa, or simply “Mexicano” by the people who speak it on a daily basis. Here is a short video I produced that highlights the Nawatl language, and features one of its most famous speakers. Enjoy!


Interested in learning more? Check out my book “Totacho: Our Way Of Talking” available on In it, I detail the major influence that the Nawatl language has had on the “Spanish” spoken by Chicanos and Chicanas in the Southwest.

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Kurly Tlapoyawa is an archaeologist, author, and ethnohistorian. His research focuses primarily on the interaction between Mesoamerica, Western Mexico, and the American Southwest. Kurly has lectured at UNLV, University of Houston, and Yale University on topics related to Mesoamerica. His recent book, “Our Slippery Earth: Nawa Philosophy in the Modern Age” was published in 2017. In addition to his work in Archaeology and Ethnohistory, Kurly is a professional stuntman with over 35 credits to his name.

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