The Mayas were an ancient Mesoamerican civilization who lived in northern Central America–namely modern-day Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. Their original mother language has not been fully interpreted yet, but many branching dialects and cultures are trying to survive in a globalizing world…
Published on Apr 27, 2010
Linguist: Nikte Sis Iboy
Image and sound: José Reynès
Editing: Caroline Laurent
“The linguist, Nikte Sis Iboy’s, moving intervention in a call for the preservation of Kaqchikel, and all Mayan languages for that matter, as the loss of a language ultimately implies the loss of knowledge, culture, and identity.” (Video Description)
Can you name a similar culture to the modern-day Central American indigenous peoples? Who else out there has had something similar happen to their language and culture?