Poqomam people

The Poqomam[pronunciation?] are a Maya people in Guatemala and El Salvador. Their indigenous language is also called Poqomam and is closely related to Poqomchi'. Notable Poqomam settlements are located in Chinautla (Guatemala (department)), Palín (Escuintla), and in San Luis Jilotepeque (Jalapa).[2] Before the Spanish Conquest, the Poqomam had their capital at Chinautla Viejo.[3] The Poqomam that advanced further east, to the territories of present-day El Salvador, were largely displaced by the migration of the Pipil people in the 11th century. The few Poqomam that remained in El Salvador live near the Guatemala border, in the departments of Santa Ana and Ahuachapan.

Total population
Regions with significant populations
Poqomam, Spanish
Catholic, Maya religion

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  1. ^ "Resultados Censo 2018" (PDF). Instituto Nacional de Estadistica Guatemala. Retrieved 9 May 2020.
  2. ^ Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (ed.) (2005). "Ethnologue: Languages of Guatemala". SIL International. Retrieved 2008-06-03.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Hill 1996, p.82. Carmack 2001, p.158.


  • Carmack, Robert M. (2001). "La Verdadera Identificación de Mixco Viejo". Kik'aslemaal le K'iche'aab': Historia Social de los K'iche's (in Spanish). Guatemala: Iximulew. pp. 143–176. ISBN 99922-56-19-2. OCLC 47220876.
  • Hill, Robert M. II (1996). "Eastern Chajoma (Cakchiquel) Political Geography: Ethnohistorical and archaeological contributions to the study of a Late Postclassic highland Maya polity". Ancient Mesoamerica. New York: Cambridge University Press. 7: 63–87. doi:10.1017/s0956536100001292. ISSN 0956-5361. OCLC 88113844.