I'm a librarian who partners with an organization that provides computer training with other community based organizations in Portland. We track our participant demographics for reporting purposes and at one of the trainings given outside of the library a participant listed "Mixteco" in the race category and "Mixteco e ingles" as their preferred languages. We don't collect names or contact information for our participants who fill out surveys and we and want to properly acknowledge the information they shared with us. Demographically--should we categorize this person's race as "Mixtec" or use what they entered on our form?
Thank you for any perspective an assistance you're able to provide!
Being a Mixteco myself it never occurred to me to identify as such, maybe because I'm not completely inmersed in my culture and view myself just like any other hispanic even though I can hold a conversation in Mixtec and Spanish as well.
Mixtecan is not a race but a subtribe/clan of the Mixtec Aboriginals native to the area of Oaxaca Mexico. Indigenous to the land, they are akin to Native American of the United States, though, due to Spanish conquestion of Mexico, have small remnants of Spanish DNA, some more than others. Would consider Full blooded "Mixtecans" to be categorized as Aboriginal/Indigenous. Other's with one parent from other regions of Mexico to be categorized as Mestizo, as most Mexicans Identify as in Mexico with Native/Aboriginal roots.