Ajk′opot Gente: <i>The Unrecognized Keepers of Maya Plant Lore</i>

Johanna Kufer

in The Ch′orti′ Maya Area

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033310
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039527 | DOI:
Ajk′opot Gente: The Unrecognized Keepers of Maya Plant Lore

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This chapter examines the concept of Ajk'opot gente, the unrecognized keeper of plant lore in Ch'orti' Maya. The findings indicate that though Ch'orti' language is nowadays very rarely spoken in the rural communities of Camotán, Guatemala, many plant-related cultural elements have disappeared to a far lesser degree than the language in this municipio and in many cases Ch'orti' plant names are the last remnants of an otherwise extinct linguistic tradition. This chapter discusses the notion that the Ch'orti' do not know much about plants because they have “already lost their culture”.

Keywords: Ajk'opot gente; plant lore; Ch'orti' Maya; plant names; linguistic tradition; Camotán; Guatemala

Chapter.  5201 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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