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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.
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.
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.
Na-Cho Nyak Dun
History, traditions, and modern life of the Mayo Indians.
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
The Mayo Indians of Sonora: A People Who Refuse to Die
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Book on the Mayo tribe for sale online.
Native American Books:
Evolving list of books about Mayos and Native Americans in general.
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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