Mixe love poem
Ja m'ijshpat moo i'jshnën,!
Wa' yë' tsuj kajpss,p!
Per jotugoy, jotsp yëp!
¡Wa yë n'ookëdë tsojkënds!
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The Mixe is a Zoque language, and more precisely a set of seven languages; the four which are from Oaxaca are designated Mixe. The one presented here, is one of these four languages, the Tlahuitoltepec Mixe (Ayuujk, Ayüük, Ayuhk, Ayöök, Central West Mixe, Southern Highland Mixe), spoken by about 17,000 people.
Mixe languages, like all languages, carry the cultural knowledge of the indigenous peoples who speak them, and Mexico is well aware of the importance of promoting and disseminating these indigenous languages, in order to preserve the linguistic and multicultural diversity of the country.
For a long time, the Mixed people have struggled to preserve what constitutes them, whether it is their language or their culture and traditions.
A main axis, seems very important to revitalize the mixed language, like all those for which a future could be difficult: Avoid the emigration of the speakers towards other territories, by putting in place the right strategies, to avoid a geographical fragmentation of the people, which would surely and certainly be the progressive loss of the use of the language, and of all that it conveys.
Mexico is a country rich of linguistic diversity, since there are more than 350 indigenous languages, belonging to about ten language families.
The Mixes (Ayuujkjä'äy) are Native Americans from the Oaxaca region in Mexico, who seem to have a relationship with the Olmecs. In fact, because of the rarity of written and archaeological souces, many questions can only be answered by guesswork. During the Spanish conquest, they were among those that the conquistadors could not subdue.