Pech in Honduras


Joshua Project has identified the Pech only in Honduras

Population

4,060

Christian

Evangelical

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Pech (also called pejoratively Payas or Payitas by the Latinos) called themselves "Pech" which means "People" but only refers to their own race. They call other people "Pech-Hakua" which means "Other People."

Originally they lived on the Honduran coast of La Moskitia from where they were chased by the Spanish conquistadors and Miskitos. Thousands died and the others fled to the heart of the rainforest.


Where are they Located?

Today there are about 1500 Pech people divided into 9 communities. 90% of them live farther inland in the district of Olancho, principally in the municipality of Dulce Numbre de Culmi and San Esteban. The remaining live in the districts of Colon, and Gracias a Dios.

The rivers marking the natural borders of the Pech territory are the Platano, Wampu, Grande, Tinto, Cuyamel, and Patuca. These rivers constitute an essential foundation for their agriculture, transportation, and commerce.


What are Their Lives Like?

Traditionally the villages were organized and led by a tribal council from which the Casique (village chief) was the head. Today however, in the face of the political challenges facing the Pech, the communities have reorganized themselves with a political core more apt to be recognized by the Honduran Government. Each Tribal Council is now composed of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, etc. These bodies seem to have more power than the traditional Casique.

Today with increasing assimilation into Latino society and more intermarriage, the number of pure Pech people is decreasing rapidly. Of the remaining population, less than half speak their ethnic tongue fluently. With the loss of language, culture disappears rapidly. Unless steps are taken to support local efforts, the current generation might be the last of the Pech people.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Pech
People Name in Country Pech
Population in Honduras 4,100
World Population 4,100
Countries 1
Progress Scale 3.2
Least-Reached No
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Paya-Pech, Seco, Tawka
Country Honduras
Region Central and South America
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country North central coast, Municipio Dulce Nombre de Culmí, Olancho Department, Santa María del Carbón. Also in Las Marías, Gracias a Dios, Silín, Colón.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map



Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Pech Spanish
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Pech Spanish
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Translation Need Questionable
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 6.00 %)
70.00 %
Ethnic Religions
25.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
10.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
10.0 %
Roman Catholic
80.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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