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Aguacateco Indian Language (Awakateko)

Language: Aguacateco is a Mayan language spoken by about 15,000 people in Guatemala. Like many Mayan languages, Aguacateco is an agglutinative language with VSO word order.

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Names: The people's own name for their language is Qa'yol, and their name for themselves is Qatanum (or sometimes Balamiha, a ritual designation meaning "Jaguar House.") Aguacateco is the Spanish name for them, deriving from the Aguacatán region in which they live. Other common spellings of these names include Awakateko, Aguacatec, Aguacateca, Aguateca, Awaketeko, Awaketeco, Aguacatan Maya, and Kayol. Chalchiteco (Chalchiteko or Chalchitec) is the name of a related Mayan group that speaks a dialect of the same language. Coyotin is another Spanish name for Aguacateco people from older literature.

Our Aguacateco Language Materials

Aguacateco Vocabulary
    Our list of vocabulary words in the Aguacateco language, with comparison to words in other Mayan languages.
Aguacatec Maya Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Aguacateco words.
Aguacateco Animal Words:
    Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Aguacatec language.
Aguacateco Body Parts:
    Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in Aguacateco.
Aguacateco Colors:
    Worksheet showing color words in Aguacateco.
Aguacateco Numbers:
    Worksheet showing how to count in the Aguacateco language.
Aguacateco Food:
    Worksheet with pictures of food words in the Aguacateco language.

Aguacateco Language Resources

Language Museum: Aguacateco * Lord's Prayer in Aguacateco:
    Aguacatec translations of Biblical passages and Christian prayers.
Lengua Aguateco
    Information on the Aguacateco language, including a linguistic map of Guatemala. Page in Spanish.
House of Languages: Aguacateco* Linguamón: Chalchiteko:
     Information about Aguacateco and Chalchiteco language usage.
    Demographic information about Aguacateco from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Wikipedia: Awakatek:
    Brief encyclopedia entry on the Awakateko language.
Awakateko Language Tree:
    Theories about Aguacateco's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Aguacateco Language Structures:
    Aguacatec linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Aguacateco Culture and History Links

Aguacateco People
    Encyclopedia articles on the Aguacateco Indians.
Awakatek Maya
    Article about Aguacateco culture and history.

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Books for sale on the Aguacatecos

We Were Taught to Plant Corn Not to Kill
    Essays and artwork by Guatemalan Mayas about the 20th-century violence that rocked their communities.
The Ancient Maya:
    Excellent historical overview of ancient Mayan civilization in general.
Native Books:
    Evolving list of books about Mayas and Native Americans in general.

Links, References, and Additional Information

  Los Aguacatecos * Los Awakatekos * Idioma Aguacateco:
  Information about the Aguacatecos in Spanish.

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