More than 200 Afro-Mexican communities lie nestled between Acapulco and Puerto Escondido, in what is commonly known as the "Costa Chica" area of Mexico. Many once lived in redondos, round, wattle-and-daub houses with conical, palm-frond roofs. The redondo pictured here is believed to be the last one in the state of Oaxaca.
Appearance-wise, Afro-Mexicans, much like African Americans, run the gamut but with a Mexican flavor. A good number of people look quite African, a few like quite light-skinned mestizos (mixed) with more European and indigenous ancestry. And there’s every variation in between. They may or may not consider themselves black.