Category Archives: introductions

Me, Matilde

Kik’oty kmajs

My name is Matilde Vázquez, I’m originally from the community of El Campanario, in the municipality of Tila. I studied social anthropology at the Universidad Autonoma of Chiapas. I live in San Cristobal de Las Casas. I have written a lot in our language Chol, and I’ve also done translations from Spanish to Chol during the time when I worked at CELALI.


My name is Pérez Gómez, I’m originally from Cuviac, Tacotalpa, Tabasco. I’m 20 years old and I’m a speaker of the language Chol. I’m working on my bachelors degree in Language and Culture, and right now I’m participating in recording Chol narratives.

Norma, Guadalupe, Abigael y Adelaida



Introducing Carol-Rose

Mia Wiegand, me, and Morelia Vázquez Martínez

My name is Carol-Rose Little. I am doing my PhD in linguistics at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. I am from the United States and I did my BA in linguistics and Russian studies at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. I started learning Ch’ol in 2015 when I went to San Miguel, Chiapas. There I stayed with Nicolas Arcos Lopez’s mother and sisters. They were the ones who taught me the Tumabalá dialect of Ch’ol. I am also familiar with the Tila dialect.

Making tamales in Campanario

For my PhD, I am writing my thesis on the syntax and semantics of noun phrases in Ch’ol and Tojol-ab’al.

San Miguel

Introduction: Nicolás

Nicolás and Juan José, chatting.                                          My name is Nicolás Arcos López and I’m originally from the town of San Miguel, Salto de Agua, Chiapas. Now I work at the Universidad Intercultural del Estado de Tabasco. I did a bachelor’s degree in history at the Universidad Juárez Autónoma de Tabasco in Villahermosa. After that, I did my master’s degree in Indoamerican linguistics at CIESAS-DF. I like teaching and learning about topics in Indigenous languages. And am now participating in the project supported by National Geographic Explorers.

Uriel and Joél.


Introducing Jessica

My name is Jessica Coon and I’m originally from Oregon in the United States. Since 2011 I have lived in Montreal, Canada where I’m a linguistics professor at McGill University. This semester I am living and working in San Cristóbal de las Casas with my husband and two kids.

Jessica and kids in Montreal

I started working on Ch’ol in 2002 in Campanario and have worked on topics in Ch’ol grammar, and more recently on Chuj with speakers in Montreal.

Virginia, Ella, and Jessica in Campanario

Juan Jesús: What I do

I’m originally from Tila, Chiapas and I now live in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, where I’m currently working as a researcher in the CIMSUR branch of UNAM. I did my bachelor’s degree in social anthropology in UNACH and then an MA in Indoamerican linguistics at CIESAS in Mexico City. Finally, I completed a doctoral degree in linguistics at UT-Austin in the US. I like to give courses about strengthening indigenous languages, and I can also be found studying Ch’ol grammar.

Juan Jesús doing fieldwork in Campanario