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Tzutujil Indian Language

Tz'utujil is a Mayan language spoken by around 60,000 people in Guatemala. There are two main varieties of Tz'utujil: Eastern and Western. Some linguists consider them to be two distinct languages, while others consider them dialects of a single Tz'utujil language. Tz'utujil uses SVO word order.

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Our Tzutujil Language Materials

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

Tzutujil Language Resources

Language Map of Guatemala:
    Map showing where in Central America the Tzutujil language is spoken.
Cholb’al Tz’iij Tz'utujil:
    Online Spanish-Tzutujil glossary, with some audio clips of spoken words.
Mayan Placenames in Guatemala:
    Chart of Guatemalan place names in Tz'utujil and other Mayan languages.
Eastern Tzutujil Prayers * Western Tzutujil Prayer * Language Museum: Tzutujil * Genesis in Western Tzutujil:
    Translations of the Lord's Prayer and other Christian prayers into Tzutujil.
Lengua Tzutujil
     Information on the Tzutujil language, including a linguistic map of Guatemala. Page in Spanish.
Wikipedia: Tz'utujil:
     Article on the Tzutujil language including alphabet, vocabulary, and links.
House of Languages: Tz'utujil:
    Information about Tzutujil language usage.
Eastern Tzutujil * Western Tzutujil:
     Demographic information about Tzutujil from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Tzutujil Language Tree:
    Theories about Tzutujil's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Tzutujil Language Structures:
    Tzutujil linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Tzutujil Culture and History Links

  Endangered Languages Project: Tz'utujil:
Bibliography of Tz'utujil language resources.
Tzutujil People
     Encyclopedia articles on the Tzutujil Indians.
Tz'utujil Maya
     Article about Tz'utujil culture and history.

Books for sale on the Tzutujils
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The Tzutujil Mayas: Continuity and Change
     History of the Tzutujil Maya civilization from pre-Columbian times until 1630.
We Were Taught to Plant Corn Not to Kill
     Essays and artwork by Guatemalan Mayas about the 20th-century violence that rocked their communities.
Diccionario Tz'utujil
     Spanish-Tzutujil dictionary for sale online.
The Ancient Maya:
    Excellent historical overview of ancient Mayan civilization in general.
Native American Books:
    Evolving list of books about Mayas and Native Americans in general.

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