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, indigenous peoples of Mayan linguistic stock, in the western highlands of Guatemala; most important group of the ancient southern Maya. The largest of the contemporary native groups of Guatemala, numbering over a million, they live principally in the region
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an Indian people of Guatemala. The Cakchi-quel live primarily in the departments of Chimaltenango andGuatemala. They number more than 300, 000 persons (1970, estimate) and speak a language of the Quiche group of Mayanlanguages. Most of the Cakchiquels are Catholics, although theyretain considerable vestiges of their pre-Christian religious be-liefs. Early state formations, with the city of Iximché as the chiefcenter, existed among the Cakchiquel before the Spanish con-quest in the early 16th century. The principal occupation of theCakchiquel is farming; the traditional handicrafts of weavingand pottery-making are well developed.