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Quiche Indian Language

Quiche is a Mayan language spoken by more than a million people in Guatemala. There are many dialects of Quiche, and some linguists consider some of them to be separate languages. The Quiche languages are agglutinative and display fairly free word order-- although Quiche sentences are often verb-initial, as in most Mayan languages, SVO word order is also commonly used.

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Our Quiche Language Materials

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

Quiche Language Resources

Language Map of Guatemala: * Meso-American Native Languages:
    Map showing where in Central America the Quiche language is spoken.
K’iche’ Choltzij, Mayab’ Cholchi:
    Online Spanish-Quiche glossary, with some audio clips of spoken words.
Freelang Kiche Dictionary:
    Free downloadable wordlist of the Quiche language.
Mayan Placenames in Guatemala:
    Chart of Guatemalan place names in K'iche' and other Mayan languages.
Human Rights: Quiche:
    Translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into Quiche.
New Testament in Quiche Maya * Genesis in Joyabaj Quiche * Language Museum: Central Quiche * Language Museum: West Central Quiche:
    Quiche translations of Bible passages.
Cunen Quiche Prayer * Cantel Quiche Prayers:
    Quiche translation of the Lord's Prayer and other Christian prayers.
Lengua Quiche
     Information on the Quiche language, including grammar, a text, and a linguistic map of Guatemala. Page in Spanish.
Wikipedia: Qu'iche':
     Article on the Quiche language including alphabet, grammar, and links.
House of Languages: Quiché:
    Information about Quiche language usage.
Cunén K'iche' * Central K'iche' * Eastern K'iche' * Joyabaj K'iche' * San Andres K'iche' * Coastal K'iche':
     Demographic information about Quiche from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Kiché Language Tree:
    Theories about Quiche's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Quiché Language Structures:
    Quiche linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Quiche Culture and History Links

Quiche Maya
     Article on Quiche history and culture.
Mayan Legends:
    Collection of Mayan Indian legends and folktales.
Maya Religion:
    Online texts on Mayan ceremonies, myths, and religious traditions.

Books for sale on the Quiches
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K'iche': A Study in the Sociology of Language:
     Book on Quiche Maya sociolinguistics and language use.
Popol Vuh:
     English translation of the Quiche Mayan epic.
Rabinal Achi: A Mayan Drama of War and Sacrifice:
     English translation of a classical Quiche Mayan play.
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.
Indian Books:
    Evolving list of books about Mayas and Native Americans in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Endangered Languages Project: K'iche':
Bibliography of Quiche language resources.
  Wikipedia: Quiche:
  Encyclopedia articles on the Quiche Indians.
  La Cultura Quiché * El Origen de Pueblo Quiche * Los Quiché * Idioma K'iche':
  Information about the Quiches in Spanish.

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