Maya-Tektitek in Guatemala

Population

6,440

Christian

94%

Evangelical

15%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Ed Beach


Introduction / History

Identified as "Teco" language group by Dr. Terrance Kauffman (1969, "Teco-a New Mayan Language" IJAL 35:154-74) and subsequently identified as a need for Bible translation in a language survey. The people group and its language were officially named "Maya-Tektiteko" (note the use of the letter k rather than the letter c) by government decree in the late 1980s or early 1990s. In English we drop the final -o on the name, thus: Maya-Tektitek. A translation team was assigned to the Maya-Tektitek translation project in 1978; the New Testament translation was finished in October 2003, it was published in 2004, and was presented to the public January 1, 2005.

When a translation project began, there were said to be approximately 5000 speakers in Guatemala; however on-site agency estimates were more in the neighborhood of 1500 speakers. Currently the number of speakers in Guatemala is officially at 4897 speakers based on a census taken in 2002 speakers in Mexico and the USA would add an unknown number to this number. A transltion Scripture use promotion team is currently assigned to the Maya-Tektitek project and is working in a wide variety of projects.


Where are they Located?

Most Tektitek speakers are located in the western highlands of Guatemala in the municipality of Tectitan, Huehuetenango. Speakers of this language are also located in the Guatemalan municipalities of Tacana, San Marcos, and Cuilco, Huehuetenango. An unknown number of speakers (and believers) are located on the Mexican side of the border across from these Gautemalan municipalities. An additional unknown number of speakers are scattered throughout the USA, most working as illegal immigrants. A majority of Tektitek households in Guatemala have at least one relative in the USA.


What are Their Lives Like?

Typical of western Guatemala --- small farm owners living in rugged mountainous terrain, growing primarily corn, beans and squash; they also raise cattle, hogs, sheep, goats, and chickens. Some Tektiteks now have businesses (e.g., construction, stores, trucking), and many Tektiteks have a partial cash income from relatives in the USA. Because this area was neglected by government support for so long, there are now numerous agencies providing health, agricultural and nutritional resources. Infant mortality is way down compared to 20 years ago, and economic and educational levels are steadily rising. 30 years ago most Tektiteks did not venture beyond nearby Mexican coffee farms, but now many of them travel frequently and widely for economic purposes.


What are Their Beliefs?

Majority: Syncretistic folk religion mix of animism and Roman Catholicism. Emerging, small minority: Evangelical.


What are Their Needs?

The greatest need is for ministry that leads people to deliverance from bondage to alcohol and other vices.


Prayer Points

* Pray for wisdom and power for the vernacular Scripture use team that is working in various aspects of ministry, including radio, music, literacy, youth, personal evangelism and discipleship, and is leading a weekly gathering for Tektitek Bible study, worship and prayer.
* Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit that leads people to deliverance from bondage to alcohol and other vices.
* Pray for a healthy Tektitek church to emerge that will be solidly rooted in the Scriptures and experiencing the true transformation that the Holy Spirit brings.



Profile Source: Ed Beach
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Country Guatemala
Continent North America
Region Central and South America
10/40 Window No
Location in Country Area of Tectitán, Cuilco

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People Name General Maya-Tektitek
People Name in Country Maya-Tektitek
ROP3 Code 109916
Joshua Project People ID 15315
Indigenous Yes
Population in Guatemala 6,440
Least-Reached No
Alternate Names for People Group Teco Mam, Tectitan Mam, Tectitan, Mam, Tectiteco, To,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tektiteko 6,400
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Affinity Bloc Latin-Caribbean Americans
People Cluster Maya
People Name General Maya-Tektitek
Ethnic Code MIR37b
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Largest Religion Christianity
Buddhism
0.00%
Christianity
94%    ( Evangelical  15% )
Ethnic Religions
5.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
1.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
15.00%
Protestant
20.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
65.00%
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