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Migueleño (Migueleno)

There are at least three different Indian tribes referred to by the Spanish name "Migueleño" (or "Migueleno"):

1) "Migueleño" is an alternate name for the Akatek Maya tribe. Both these names derive from the name of their chief village, San Miguel Acatán.

2) "Migueleño" refers to one band of the Salinan tribe of California, and to their dialect of the Salinan language. Like many Indian tribes of Southern California, the Migueleños were named by the Spanish after the Catholic mission they lived closest to, which was San Miguel Arcángel.

3) "Migueleño," more commonly spelled Miguelenho, is an alternate name of the Puraburá language of Brazil. This name comes from the river whose banks the tribe lives on, Rio São Miguel.

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Migueleno Indian Resources

Here are links to our webpages about the Migueleño tribes and languages:
 Akatek tribe language
 Salinan tribe language
 Mayan myths and folktales
 Mayan words and their meanings
 Mesoamerica culture map
 Languages of Mexico

Here are a few good books about the Miguelenos:
 We Were Taught To Plant Corn, Not To Kill
 The Ancient Maya

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