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Mopan Indian Language
Mopán or Mopan Maya (known to its own speakers simply as Maya) is a Mayan
Mopan is spoken by about 8,000 people in Belize and Guatemala. It has VOS word order.
Our list of vocabulary words in the Mopan language, with comparison to words in other Mayan languages.
Mopan Maya Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Mopan words.
Mopan Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Mopan language.
Mopan Body Parts:
Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in Mopan.
Worksheet showing color words in Mopan.
Worksheet showing how to count in the Mopan language.
Mopan Language Resources
Language Map of Guatemala and Belize:
Map showing where in Central America the Mopan language is spoken.
Tojil Meen T’an Mopan:
Online Spanish-Mopan glossary, with some audio clips of spoken words.
Language Museum: Mopan Maya Lord's Prayer in Maya Mopan:
Mopan translations of Biblical passages and Christian prayers.
Information on the Mopan language, including a linguistic map of Guatemala. Page in Spanish.
Brief encyclopedia entry on Mopan.
House of Languages: Mopán:
Information about Mopan language usage.
Demographic information about Mopan from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Mopán Language Tree:
Theories about Mopan's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Mopan Language Structures:
Mopan linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Article about Mopan culture and history.
Collection of Mayan Indian legends and folktales.
Online texts on Mayan ceremonies, myths, and religious traditions.
Books for sale on the Mopans
Relatively Speaking: Language, Thought, and Kinship among the Mopan Maya:
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Book on Mopan language and culture for sale online.
Mopan: Culture and Ethnicity in a Changing Belizean Community:
Anthropology book on the Mopan Mayas of Belize.
The Ancient Maya:
Excellent historical overview of ancient Mayan civilization in general.
Evolving list of books about Mayas and Native Americans in general.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Endangered Languages Project: Mopan:
Bibliography of Mopan language resources.
Books for sale on the Maya Indian cultures.
Encyclopedia articles on the Mopan people.
El Pueblo Mopán Los Mopan:
Information about the Mopanes in Spanish.
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