Tz'utujil people

The Tzutuhil (also Tz'utujil ) are an indigenous people in Guatemala.

They belong to the large group Maya and live on Lake Atitlán in the municipalities of San Juan La Laguna, San Pablo La Laguna, San Marcos La Laguna, San Pedro La Laguna and Santiago Atitlán, as well as a small group in San Lucas Tolimán, where their settlement area formerly was significantly greater.

The Tzutuhil were defeated in 1523 by the Spanish conquistador Pedro de Alvarado, and this took advantage of a war against the Cakchiquel Tzutuhil.

The Tzutuhil - language belongs to the Maya languages ​​and is spoken by nearly 100,000 people in Guatemala. SIL International divides the language in two languages ​​, Eastern Tzutuhil ( 50,000 speakers, code TZJ ) and West Tzutuhil ( 34,000 speakers, code protected ).