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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.
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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