Jakaltek

Jakaltek

About Jakaltek

The Jakaltek people are a Mayan people of Guatemala. They have lived in the foothills of the Cuchumaticn Mountains in the Department of Huehuetenango in northwestern Guatemala since pre-Columbian times, centered around the town of Jacaltenango. Located on a plateau overlooking Mexico, Jacaltenango is 1,437 m above sea level and its surrounding villages are located at both higher and lower elevations. The town of Jacaltenango is a governmental, religious, and market center of the region. In the Jakaltek language the town of Jacaltenango is called Xajlaj, or aoeplace of the big white rock slabs.ao_