Presentation on Tektiteko by linguist Juventino de Jesus Pérez Alonzo – in Spanish
We’d like to introduce linguistJuventino de Jesus Pérez Alonzo, who was with out chief operator José Reynès. Juventino here presents Tektiteko: one of the Mayan languages among the most threatened in Guatemala. With around 2000 speakers, this language of the Mam’ branch is greatly influenced by Spanish, and transmission of the language as well as the culture of the Tektiteko aren’t really ensured anymore.
NB: Should one of our users happen to speak Tektiteko, we would be more than happy to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org, as we still have a significant amount of rushes in this language which have yet to be edited and published, in absence of translators…
Linguist : Juventino de Jesus Pérez Alonzo Image and sound : José Reynès Editing : Caroline Laurent
The culture of corn
A villager from Tectitan tells us about the culture of corn, the right time to sow, the harvest, the celebration that follows, and the contemporary changes undergone by local methods of cultivation, especially regarding the use of fertilizers and herbicides.
In the following video, we turn it over to a Tektitekopotter from Guatemala describing the whole production process from clay to sale! Also a way to discover the simple yet harsh lifestyle of the inhabitants of Tectitan in the light of beautiful footage by José Reynes.
Linguist: Juventino de Jesus Pérez Alonzo Image & sound: José Reynè Editing: Caroline Laurent
Sorosoro is a program carried by the WOLACO Association (World Languages Conservancy) and supported by the Laboratory of Excellence ASLAN (Advanced Studies on language complexity) from the University of Lyon.