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Mayo Indian Language (Cahita)

Mayo is a Uto-Aztecan language of northern Mexico. Though it is frequently confused with Mayan due to the similar sound of the two words, in fact, Mayo is completely unrelated to the Mayan languages. About 40,000 Mayo Indians speak the language today.

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Mayo Language Resources

Mayo Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Mayo language, with comparison to words in other Uto-Aztecan languages.
Meso-American Native Languages
     Map showing the areas in Mexico where the Mayo language is spoken.
Mayo Grammar * Mayo Numbers * Mayo Orthography:
    Scanned-in Mayo language materials from the Rosetta Project.
El Cahita
     Overview of the Mayo language including pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. Page in Spanish.
Cahita Prayers * Lord's Prayers in Mayo * Mayo Prayers:
    Mayo translations of the Lord's Prayer.
Mexican Language Map
     Map showing the location of indigenous language speakers in Mexico, including the Mayo Indians.
     Demographic information about the Mayo language from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Mayo Language Tree:
    Theories about Mayo's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Mayo Language Structures:
    Mayo linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
The Bible in Mayo:
    Translation of the New Testament into the Mayo language.

Mayo Culture and History Links

Na-Cho Nyak Dun
     History, traditions, and modern life of the Mayo Indians.
Mayo People
     Map and historical timeline of the Mayo Indian people.
Yaqui and Mayo Indian Easter Ceremonies
     Religious traditions of the Yaqui and Mayo Indians. With pictures.

Books for sale on the Mayos
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The Mayo Indians of Sonora: A People Who Refuse to Die
    Book on the Mayo tribe for sale online.
Native American Books:
    Evolving list of books about Mayos and Native Americans in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Endangered Languages Project: Mayo:
Bibliography of Mayo language resources.
  Idioma Cahita * Lengua Mayo:
  Information on the Yaqui and Mayo languages in Spanish.

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