21 abr. 2011

Tektitek language

Name of the language: Tektitek (Tectiteco, Teco, or B'a'aj)
Total speakers: approx. 3.000 (2.077 in Guatemala and 1.000 in Mexico)
State of the language: critically endangered
Place: Tectitán, department of Huehuetenango (Guatemala) and Chiapas (Mexico)
History:
The Tektitek language (Tectiteco, Teco, or B'a'aj) is a member of the Quichean-Mamean branch of the Mayan language family. It is very closely related to the Mam language. Tektikek is spoken by the Tektitek people, which are primarily settled in the municipality of Tectitán, department of Huehuetenango. A number of Tektitek speakers have settled in Mexico.
Tektitek are the smallest Mayan community in Guatemala.
The video explains pottery in Tectitán describing the whole production process from clay to sale. Also a way to discover the simple yet harsh lifestyle of the inhabitants of Tectitán.

© Text and image: Wikipedia and www.sorosoro.org

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