Chol Collection of Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez and Jessica Coon

Colección del Chol de Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez y Jessica Coon

Object Details

Collection LanguageCh'ol
Language PIDailla:119634
Title [Indigenous]
Language of Indigenous Title
TitleChol Collection of Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez and Jessica Coon
Collector(s)Vázquez Álvarez, Juan Jesús
Coon, Jessica
Depositor(s)Vázquez Álvarez, Juan Jesús
Coon, Jessica
Project/Collector Website
Description [Indigenous]
Language of Indigenous Description
DescriptionThe collection consists of audio and video recordings in Ch’ol, a Mayan language spoken in Mexico known to its speakers as Lakty’añ and sometimes written as Chol. Many of these audio and video recordings have been transcribed and/or translated into Spanish. Most recordings were made in 2018, though some materials in the collection were recorded in two earlier periods: the 2002 recordings of Carmelino Jiménez by Elmar Martínez and Pedro Gutiérrez and recordings made by Juan Jesús Vázquez in 2007 and 2008.
The collection as of May 2019 has
  • 191 WAV audio recordings (totaling 39 hours 48 minutes)
  • 48 MPG video recordings (totaling 2 hours 31 minutes)
  • 7 MP4 video recordings (totaling 1 hour 45 minutes)
  • 1 AVI video recording (totaling 22 minutes 30 seconds)
  • 72 XML files in the EAF format for use with the ELAN application
  • 2 JPG photographs
  • 6 PDF documents

The material recorded in 2018 was created as part of a National Geographic-funded documentation project led by Jessica Coon and Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez, in collaboration with Nicolás Arcos López at the Universidad Intercultural de Tabasco and Bernabé Vázquez Sánchez at the Universidad Intercultural de Chiapas. Through a series of hands-on workshops at these two universities and at CIESAS-Sureste, Chol-speaking undergraduate students were trained in all aspects of the recording and transcription process. The students traveled to their home communities and recorded their family members and friends. These stories were curated, transcribed, and translated. The resulting material presents the work they have done to document their language according to their interests and the interests of their communities. The corpus contains a variety of genres and represents a number of different Chol-speaking communities from the major dialect regions. More information about the project and documentation project can be found on the website.

See the Chol Collection of Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez and Jessica Coon Finding Aid for more detailed information about the collection's contents as of September 2019.