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Huasteco Indian Language

Huasteco is a Mayan language spoken by around 120,000 people in Mexico. There are three main varieties of Huasteco: Western or Northwestern Huastec (Huasteco de San Luis Potosi or Huasteca Potosina), Central Huastec (Huasteco de Tantoyuca, Huasteco de Veracruz, or Huasteca Veracruzana), and Eastern or Southeastern Huastec (Huasteco de San Francisco Chontla.) Some linguists consider them to be three distinct languages, but most consider them dialects of a single Huasteco language, since all Huasteco speakers can understand each other fairly well. The Huasteco languages use SVO word order.

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Our Huasteco Language Materials

Huasteco Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Huasteco language, with compari son to words in other Mayan languages.
Huastec Maya Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Huasteco words.
Huasteco Animal Words:
     Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Huasteco language.
Huasteco Colors:
    Worksheet showing color words in Huasteco.

Huasteco Language Resources

AILLA: Huasteco:
    Archive of Huasteco language recordings available for download.
Human Rights: Huasteco * Human Rights: Tének:
    Translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into Huasteco.
The Bible in Huasteca Potosina:
    Huasteco translations of Biblical passages.
Huasteco Prayers * San Luis Potosi Huasteco * Veracruz Huasteco * Language Museum: Southeastern Huastec:
    Huasteco translations of the Lord's Prayer and other Christian prayers.
Lengua Huasteco
     Information on the Huasteco language, including a linguistic map of Mexico. Page in Spanish.
Huasteco Alphabet:
    Phonological inventory of the Huastec language, with a sample text.
Wikipedia: Wastek:
     Brief encyclopedia article on the Huasteco language.
San Luís Potosí Huastec * Veracruz Huastec * Southeastern Huastec:
    Demographic information about Huasteco from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Wasteko Language Tree:
    Theories about Huasteco's's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Huastec Language Structures:
    Huasteco linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Huasteco Culture and History Links

Wasteko Maya
     Article about Huasteco culture and history.
Maya Books
    Books for sale on the Maya Indian cultures.

Books for sale on the Huastecos

The Huastec and Totonac World
     Coffee table book with photographs of Huasteco and Totonaco life and artwork.
Riverine Maya: The Torquegua and other Huastecas of the Lower Motagua Valley:
    Anthropology book on the Huasteco Mayas of Mexico.
Notes on the Ethnology of the Huastecos:
    Another anthropology text specifically about the Huasteco Mayas.
The Ancient Maya:
    Excellent historical overview of ancient Mayan civilization in general.
Native American Books:
    Evolving list of books about Mayas and Native Americans in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Wikipedia: Huasteco:
  Encyclopedia articles on the Huasteco Indians.
  Huastecos de Tamaulipas * Los Huastecos * Cultura de la Huasteca * El pueblo huasteco:
  Information about the Huasteco people in Spanish.

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