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Introduction to Nahuatl: The Language of the Aztecs



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In this workshop, students will have their first exposure to the Nahuatl language and culture. The language we will focus on is the variety from the municipality of Chicontepec, in the Huasteca region of northern Veracruz, Mexico. Overall, students will learn about the culture where the language is spoken and practice situations such as how to introduce themselves, how to introduce another person, and students will learn how to use the several expressions of farewells. Come to learn Nahuatl! Knowledge of Spanish is not required for this workshop.

Abelardo de la Cruz is a Nahuatl native speaker from Chicontepec, in the north of Veracruz, Mexico. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology at the University of Albany, SUNY. He obtained his master’s degree in Humanistic and Educational Research (2015) and a bachelor’s degree in Law (2012) from the Autonomous University of Zacatecas (UAZ). This academic year (2021-2022) he serves as a Nahuatl instructor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at the University of Utah where he teaches for the Salt Lake Community College, the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. de la Cruz is a coauthor of the book "Citlalmachiyotl, a colonial drama of the Three Kings" and published a book chapter titled "The value of custom and Christianity in the discourse of Nahua catechists from the Huasteca region.” Currently is a fellow of the American Philosophical Society.


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Publication Date

Fall 11-29-2021


Nahuatl, Indigenous Language


Latin American Languages and Societies

Introduction to Nahuatl: The Language of the Aztecs