Mozonte, in the Matagalpa language means “In the well of the pozol” and in Nahuatl "Village between rivers and hills". The indigenous community of Mozonte is characterized by being a potter people, a tradition that has been preserved for thousands of years as a heritage from their ancestors.

Clay crafts

Clay crafts

La indigenous community of Mozonte It still preserves the Royal Titles of Mozonte, which is the first original document in the file of this town and a handwritten testimony in cursive letters dated April 22, 1883, with their respective biannual stamps from 1883-1884.

The establishment of this indigenous town has its origin in pre-Hispanic times, its historical permanence is more than 2,000 years and its ancient inhabitants were of descent from the Ulúa-Matagalpa group.

Its aboriginal culture remains and is reflected in the remains of material culture, which still prevail in the territory, including place names, ceramic and stone archaeological artifacts, knowledge, practices and knowledge of traditional medicine, its ceremonies, forms organization and ownership of communal land, this being an important part of their cultural heritage and ancestral identity.

El Municipality of Mozonte It is also characterized by the production of utilitarian and artistic ceramics, made with indigenous techniques that have been preserved since pre-Hispanic times and incorporating new knowledge of current culture.

Artistic expressions and manifestations

Landeros Brothers "Mozonte"

Landeros Brothers "Mozonte"

El Musical Group Landeros Brothers "Mozonte" It is the most popular in the municipality. They became famous for the songs "Viva Mozonte", "El Volcancito", "La Parroquia de San Pedro", "Mi linda Nueva Segovia" and "Las tres Marías".

This group recorded their first album in 2002 under the name “Beautiful Segovian melodies”. His songs highlight the customs, ways of life of his people, nature and in general the identity of the Segovian. They live in the community of Las Cruces.

El musical group "The three friends", is well known and loved by his people; They interpret mazurka sounds, polkas, waltzes and ranchero boleros, highlighting the theme: “I come from the hills” and “A la costa del río”. They are originally from the community of Los Arados.

"The birds of the north" They are an outstanding musical group of the municipality, composers and performers of regional and Nicaraguan music. They are originally from the El Cacao community.

Mosuntepec Dance Group: Founded four years ago, it represents the municipality in regional and national events. In its repertoire is regional music (polkas, mazurkas, waltzes, zapateado and sobaqueados norteños, among others).


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Carpenters, shoemakers, midwives, among them Doña Guillermina Ruiz. Healers who work with the knowledge and practices of ancestral natural medicine.

Other sites of historical and cultural interest

Monsignor Nicolas Antonio Madrigal, The Saint of the Segovias.

The former mayor of Vara Fermina Gómez (RIP): She was president of the Council of Elders. She is a well-known lady of great prestige for the residents of the municipality. She is also knowledgeable about the culture of her indigenous community and her municipality, she is an important reference in history and culture.

Don José María Pastrana (RIP): Town historian. Known as Don Chema, he is one of the residents who has dedicated himself to researching the history of his municipality, well known, respected and loved by his people.


Mozonte's indigenous craftsmanship is well known for its artistic finish, among its best-known artisans are:

Juan Domingo Ruiz: His workshop is located at the exit of Jalapa.

Don Anselmo Lopez. Powner of the Tierra fertile Workshop. He is one of the artisans with the greatest tradition and experience, with more than 40 years of pottery tradition.

Freddy Jimenez and Fatima del Rosario Lopez.

Miracle Varela of the Art in My Hands Workshop.

Jose Daniel Gutierrez. Workshop Our Mother Earth.

Clay crafts

Other known craftsmen are: Aman López, German Florián, Norma Elith Lira, Petrona Días Padilla, Alba Lina Olivas, María Lourdes Florián, Alberto López Gómez, William Gomes, Alba Duarte and Jairo Rivera.

In Mozonte, the handicrafts made of pine needles stand out. There are 7 workshops, generally made up of women. They make a series of products for household, decorative and costume jewelery. Many of these workshops participate in local, regional and national fairs.


La Mocuana, La Taconuda, La Llorona, La Sucia, El Cadejo and La Serpiente de Rattlesnake.

Legend of Cerro Guásara. It is said that when you reach the middle of the hill there is the devil's chair and the cave where Mozonte's wealth is said to be found.

The Holy Well. On March 19, a procession is held in honor of San José, who leaves the Church of San Pedro towards the well that has miraculous water, the parishioners take from the water or put it on their bodies, affirming that it cures diseases.

Hill the Cross. Place of pilgrimage in May, where the urban and rural population participate, after congregating in Mozonte they go in procession to the hill located in Las Huertas, the owners being the Catholic Church and Ramón Ortiz.


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