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Pokomam Indian Language
Pokomam is a Mayan
language spoken by around 15,000 people in Guatemala.
There are three main varieties of Pokomam: Eastern, Southern, and Central.
Some linguists consider them to be three distinct languages, but others consider them dialects of a single Pokomam language.
The Pokomam languages have SVO word order.
Our list of vocabulary words in the Pokomam language, with comparison to words in other Mayan languages.
Pokomam Maya Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Pokomam words.
Pokomam Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Pokomam language.
Pokomam Body Parts:
Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in Pokomam.
Worksheet showing color words in Pokomam.
Worksheet showing how to count in the Pokomam language.
Pokomam Language Resources
Archive of Pokomam language recordings available for download.
Lok’b’al Q’orb’al Poqomam:
Online Spanish-Pokomam glossary, with some audio clips of spoken words.
Mayan Placenames in Guatemala:
Chart of Guatemalan place names in Poqomam and other Mayan languages.
Language Museum: Pokomam Central Pokomam Genesis:
Pokomam translations of Biblical passages and Christian prayers.
Information on the Pokoman language, including a linguistic map of Guatemala. Page in Spanish.
Brief encyclopedia entry on Pokomam.
House of Languages: Pocomam:
Information about Pocomam language usage.
Southern Poqomam Eastern Poqomam Central Poqomam:
Demographic information about Pokomam from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Poqomam Language Tree:
Theories about Poqomam's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Pocomam Language Structures Pocomam Oriental Language Structures:
Pokomam linguistic profiles and academic bibliographies.
Mayan Language Books For Purchase:
Sales of language materials in Pokomam and other Mayan languages.
Books for sale on the Maya Indian cultures.
Article about Poqomam culture and history.
The Law of the Saints;: A Pokomam pueblo and its community culture:
Ethnography of the Pokomam tribe.
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.
Evolving list of books about Mayas and Native Americans in general.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Endangered Languages Project: Poqomam:
Bibliography of Poqomam language resources.
Encyclopedia articles about the Poqomam people.
Los Poqomames Idioma pocomam:
Information about the Pocomames in Spanish.
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