|These galleries are comprised of four separate districts they are all part of what is called the Sierra Norte of Puebla. The districts are in a various stages of change and development. Many of these districts have a number of small towns where traditional dress and values prevail, while others are in the process of change. In the future these districts will be developed individually and be represented by their own page.
Zaulta district is the lower of the four and has the most transition going on. There are four pottery producing towns in this district.
Xochitlan district has a large number of Nahua speaking people and conserves its textile traditions and crafts. The town has a majestic panoramic view. The own market is on Sunday. This distrcict has been documented further and has its own page See Nahua of Xochitlan
Nauzontla remains to be explored more. However the two present here are in the end game of their textile traditions. There are still many women that embroider.
Hueyapan has not been visited since 1993; however there are a number of small towns that are producing backstrap woven shawls, reboso and embroidered blouses.
Nahua of Jalpan - This small municipality is distinct in the proximity of two ethnis groups , the Nahua and Totonacas. The Nahua costume in Agua Linda is the same as the Naupan region, while the remaining costume in the town of America is more a hybrid.
About the Nahua of this region
The Nahua are the largest indigenous group in Mexico, there is close to 2 million Nahua living in distinct areas of the Mexican Republic, including in some out lying parts of the Mexican capital. The Nahua are the descendents of the Aztecs and direct heirs to their language and culture. Many Nahua areas maintain strong roots to the pre-Hispanic cultures.
The Nahua of the Sierra norte region share territorial borders with the Totonaca. This region was part of the Totanacan Empire which was called Totanacapan; the Nahua conquered this region in the 1500 century and force the Totonaca out of the area. The Nahua surrounding Cuetzalan and nearby regions have maintained their strong cultural roots and language. It is difficult to say how many "Nahua" live in the region, because it depends on how large you draw your circle; however including Xochitlan, Zacapoaxtla and Hueyapan region, an estimate would be around 100000. The costume of the region seems at first glance to be the same; however each village has a variation which allows the locals to tell immediately which village the person is from. The type of belt, style of quechquemitl, the cut of the blouse or the way they wear their hair can all be identifying factors.