The Story Behind the Name

The word Nirú is derived from Zapotec, which means “always forward.” According to a Zapotec legend, in the beginning of the world, unknown gods dreamed of creating a planet with abundant vegetation, animals, alongside one of Oaxaca’s oldest Zapotec civilizations, the Binnigulasas (known nowadays as “Binniguendas”). The Binniguendas were chosen by the gods because of their courage, strength and wisdom. When the Binniguendas embarked on their quest of a new home in the paradise, their deities granted a wise leader known in Zapotec as “Ngüiu ni nana stalee", to protect their journey. Thousands of suns and moons passed before they found that sacred place. The great Ngüiu ni nana stalee motivated their people by means of songs that would remind them of their history and traditions; Nirú eventually became one of the most popular songs for the Binniguendas.


During all the suns of its culture, Nirú became the great standard of the Binniguendas. Every time they faced a challenge, they exclaimed Nirú, knowing that they would find the light of their gods and the promise of good fortune ahead of them.

Today, Nirú is recognized as a song that contains one of the oldest stories in our land. It has inspired many of our proudly indigenous people in Oaxaca, motivating them to be better architects, farmers, thinkers, scientists, artisans, fathers, mothers, and children who contribute to social and cultural development day by day.

Welcome to Nirú, a Zapotec paradise in the Coast of Oaxaca