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Kekchi Indian Language

K'ekchi' is a Mayan language.
K'ekchi' is spoken by about half a million people in Guatemala, Belize and El Salvador. It has SVO word order.

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Our Kekchi Language Materials

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

Kekchi Language Resources

Language Map of Guatemala and Belize: * Meso-American Native Languages:
    Map showing where in Central America the Kekchi language is spoken.
Q'eqchi' Alphabet:
    Phonological inventory of the Q'eqchi' language, with a sample text.
Sik’leb’ Aatin Q’eqchi’:
    Online Spanish-Kekchi glossary, with some audio clips of spoken words.
Mayan Placenames in Guatemala:
    Chart of Guatemalan place names in Q'eqchi' and other Mayan languages.
The Bible in Kekchi * Ketchi Bible Verses * The Tower of Babel in Kekchi * Lord's Prayer in Kekchi:
    Kekchi translations of Biblical passages and Christian prayers.
Lengua Kekchi
     Information on the Kekchi language, including a linguistic map of Guatemala. Page in Spanish.
Wikipedia: Q'eqchi':
     Article on the Kekchi language including alphabet, history, and links.
House of Languages: Quekchí:
    Information about Q'eqchi language usage.
Ethnologue: Q'ekchi':
     Demographic information about the Kekchi language.
Q'eqchi Language Tree:
    Theories about Qeqchi's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
K'ekchí Language Structures:
    K'ekchi linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
UDHR: Q'echi:
    Translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into the Kekchi language.

Kekchi Culture and History Links
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Maya Books
    Books for sale on the Maya Indian cultures.
Kekchi People
     Encyclopedia articles on the Kekchi Indians.
Q'eqchi' Maya
     Article about Kekchi culture and history.

Books for sale on the Kekchis

Maya Resurgence in Guatemala: Q'eqchi' Experiences
     Interesting book on Kekchi identity and culture in the modern day.
Seeing and Being Seen: The Q'eqchi' Maya of Livingston, Guatemala, and Beyond
     Ethnography of Q'eqchi Mayan society.
The Snake's Toothache: A Q'eqchi Maya Myth
     Illustrated Q'eqchi legend book for children.
Nuevo Diccionario de las Lenguas K'ekchi' y Espanola
     Two-volume K'ekchi-Spanish dictionary.
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.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Endangered Languages Project: Q'eqchi':
Bibliography of Kekchi language resources.
  Wikipedia: K'ekchi People: * Q'eqchi':
  Encyclopedia articles about the Kekchi tribe and their language.
  Los Kekchíes * Idioma Quekchí:
  Information about the Kekchis in Spanish.

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