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Kekchi

 

[Quekchí], an Indian people in Guatemala. Population, more than 200,000 (1970, estimate). The Kekchi constitute approximately 90 percent of the population in the department of Alta Verapaz; they also live in the departments of Izabal and El Peten. The Kekchi language is one of the Maya-Kekchian languages. The official religion is Catholicism, although numerous pre-Christian beliefs survive. The chief occupation is farming, including corn, beans, and tomatoes; many Kekchi do seasonal work on coffee and bean plantations. Handicrafts, including pottery making and weaving, are well developed.

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1991 Creole, Mestizo, Maya Mopan, Central Statistical Office, Kekchi Maya, other Maya, Ministry of Finance, Garifuna, White, Belmopan.
Nueve son mayas guatemaltecos: quiche (1 900 000), mam (1 200 000), cakchiquel (1 100 000), kekchi (900 000), pocomchi (270 000), kanjobal (220 000), tzutujil (160 000), pocomano (140 000) e ixil (140 000).
Pensemos Juntos (Let's Think Together), for example, was a study guide used in the mid-1970s by radio schools with K'iche-speaking audiences in Santa Cruz and Nahaula, the Kaqchiquel and Tzutuhil communities around Lake Atitlan, Chortis in Chiquimula, and Kekchis in Alta Verapaz.
Estas lenguas son: acateco, achi, aguacateco, cackchiquel, chorti, chuj, itza, ixil, jacalteco, kanjobal, kekchi, mam, mopan, pocomam, pocomchi, quiche, sacapulteco, sipacapense, tektiteco, tzultujil y uspatenco.
Since my retirement in 1984 I have served in a number of short-term overseas assignments, such as facilitating reconciliation of a church-split in India, helping Mennonite workers with the Kekchi Indians in Guatemala, and doing a survey of the Hopi mission situation in Arizona.
Dividing the indigenous sample into the main ethnic groups (Quiche, Kakchiquel, Kekchi, Mam and "other" indigenous groups) produces widely different and dramatic results in terms of schooling, earnings, the returns to schooling and estimates of the upper bound of discrimination (or unexplained portion of the earnings gap).
Avecindados en pobrisimas casas de palma y piso de tierra, los hombres mayas cultivan el campo y tejen canastas, mientras las mujeres hilan vestidos tradicionales y transmiten a los hijos su cultura ancestral y el dominio de las lenguas mopan o kekchi, para que no se desarraiguen cuando acudan a la escuela y aprendan ingles.
But the company is now fighting a legal battle with the Kekchi and Mopan Maya, who call these jungles their traditional home, but were cut out of the decision-making process.
In the first months of peaceful protest, Ico said, he had joined with colleagues of the Toledo Alcaldes Association of Maya mayors, with Julian Cho's Toledo Maya Cultural Council, and Maya of the Kekchi Community Council.
In this region, the people are mostly Kekchi Maya and ladino settlers who have migrated from the highlands of Guatemala and Mexico since the late 1970s.
Centralia combined the characteristics of several countries in Central America: its population was predominantly Spanish-speaking mestizo; its Indian population spoke Kekchi, one of the languages of Guatemala; and its coastal area was populated by black English-speaking Creoles, as in Nicaragua and Honduras.