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Poqomchiʼ (Pokomchi: Poqomchiiʼ) is a Mayan language spoken by the Poqomchiʼ Maya of Guatemala, and is very closely related to Poqomam. Its two main dialects, eastern and western, were spoken by 90,000 or so people in the year 2000, in Purulhá, Baja Verapaz, and in the following municipalities of Alta Verapaz: Santa Cruz Verapaz, San Cristóbal Verapaz, Tactic, Tamahú and Tucurú. It is also the predominant language in the municipality of Chicamán (El Quiché), which borders Alta Verapaz.[3]

Native toGuatemala
RegionBaja Verapaz
Native speakers
92,000 (1998–2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3poh



Poqomam is spoken in the following municipalities of Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, and El Quiché departments (Variación Dialectal en Poqom, 2000).

  • Alta Verapaz
    • Panzós (in the community of San Vicente II)
    • La Tinta
    • Tucurú
    • Tamahú
    • Tactic
    • Santa Cruz Verapaz
    • San Cristóbal Verapaz
  • El Quiché
    • Chicamán (in the aldea of Belejú)
  • Baja Verapaz
    • Purulhá (in the community of Ribalcó)


  1. ^ Poqomchiʼ at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Poqomchiʼ". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ "Demografía". Municipalidad de Chicamán. Retrieved 2008-05-14.


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Mariscal, David (2014). "Ethnic Relations between the Q́eqchí and Poqomchí of Guatemala: Preservation, Transculturation and Mutual Influence". Procedia - Social And Behavioral Sciences.
Mó Isém, Romelia (2007). "Rutoxl qʼorik pan Poqomchiʼ Derivación de palabras Poqomchiʼ". Guatemala: Cholsamaj.
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Wichmann, S.; Brown, C. H. (2003). "Contact among Some Mayan Languages: Inferences from Loanwords". Anthropological Linguistics. JSTOR 30028873.

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