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Ixil is the first language for over 100,000 people who live in Guatemala and now in the United States as well. It is one of 30 Mayan languages that are natively spoken in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras by over 7 million people. In the Ixil municipalities of Nebaj, Chajul, and Cotzal, Ixil is learned in homes and spoken in businesses, government institutions, and schools. It has a rich tradition of verbal artistry and a well-established system of writing that is taught in most schools in the Ixil area today. The way that Ixil is spoken is somewhat different in each of the three Ixil municipalities. These books are written in Ixil as it is spoken in Santa María Nebaj.

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Writing, Translation and Editing Team: Juan Romeo Guzaro Luis, Domingo Abraham Cedillo de Paz, Sherrel Rieger, María Luz García

Photographs: Juan Romero Guzaro Luis

Design: Holly Schoenfield

Licensed under CC BY NC-ND 4.0.

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Nuk'ich Tz'Ib' - Los Abecedarios en Ixil de Nebaj