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World Translation Center delivers professional Tzutujil translation services for English to Tzutujil and Tzutujil to English. We can also translate Tzutujil to and from over 150 other languages, including all the principal languages of Europe, Asia, South America, the Middle East and a variety of African languages, at economical prices.

Our Tzutujil specialists have the ability to provide translation for virtually any project you might have, including marketing materials, technical, financial, legal and medical documents, websites and software. Our knowledgeable project managers will match your project with a translator team most appropriate for the area of expertise considered necessary. Each individual linguist deals solely in his or her own mother tongue and within his or her area of expertise insuring not only top quality translation, but proper localization as well. After each document is translated, it will be edited and proofread by a second professional translator to assure highest possible quality.

We also furnish transcription, video recording and subtitling services. If you need to have an existing video dubbed, a commercial narrated or a telephone system recorded, our native Tzutujil speakers are available to provide high quality voiceover services.

We pride ourselves in supplying high quality cost-effective services, whether your project is small or large, simple or highly complex.

Tz’utujil Language Information

Tz’utujil is a Mayan language spoken by the indigenous Mayan Tz’utujil people that originate from the shores of Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. There are primarily five Tz’utujil towns comprising nearly 100,000 Tz’utujil speakers, making it one of the most widely spoken Mayan languages in Guatemala. Even though each of these towns are geographically right next to each other, some less than a few miles apart, they have their own variation of Tz’utujil, however speakers from different towns can understand and communicate among each other.

Language Facts

The Tz’utujil people still rely heavily on fishing as well as agriculture for subsistence, growing primarily corn, beans, tomatoes, and onions in the rich, volcanic soils much like their ancestors did many generations before. More recently, beginning in approximately the 1950s, the Tz’utujil people began widely planting and harvesting coffee, first for local consumption and later for export as the coffee industry began growing rapidly towards the end of the 1900s.

Tourism has become an increasingly lucrative industry because the Tz’utujil towns are located on the shores of a vast, beautiful crater lake surrounded by three towering volcanoes. Additionally, tourists come to appreciate and purchase the variety of artisanal goods produced by the Tz’utujil people. The Tz’utujil are celebrated as exceptional weavers, and dye their own thread using locally grown plants.

Their unique paintings are also highly sought after, so much so, that in 1998, UNESCO published a book on the subject, entitled Arte Naif: Contemporary Guatemalan Mayan Painting. The Tz’utujil use art to convey their beliefs and traditions while allowing others a glimpse into indigenous culture.

The Tz’utujil people appear in the the Popul Vuh (the Mayan Sacred text) as originating from “the house of birds.” They are viewed as the people of Ajtziquinahay, the ruler of the Tz’utujil people known to convert into a mythical bird, the concept of conversion being common in the Mayan cosmovision. Ajtziquinahay’s temple, or “nest” was called Chutnamit, a lookout point in the foothills of Volcano San Pedro overlooking Lake Atitlán and recognized as the original capital of the Tz’utujil people. The first Tz’utujiles were from Chutnamit, and for that reason, the Tz’utujil people are referred to as the “people from the house of birds.” In many Tz’utujil towns, men and women wear traditional clothing embroidered with birds as a reminder of their heritage.

Tz’utujil technically translates to “flower of the corn.”

Writing

Tz’utujil, as a modern Mayan language, is currently written in the Latin alphabet using many apostrophes to represent the guttural consonants that are prominent in Mayan languages.

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