News item,

We at FoM want to brag that three of our own were picked as representatives to attend this government-sponsored program to finalize the way Mayan of the Yucatán Peninsula is written in contemporary times. We got this letter from Patricia Martinez Huchim last year. She mentions that she, Crisanto and Yolanda (one or our newest colleagues, from Campeche) were all in attendance.

Here is Pati’s letter, loosely translated to English.

Dear friends,

I am writing to announce that the Third Workshop for the Normalization of the Rules for Writing the Language of Maya Peninsular (Maaya t’aan) took place in July, 2009. Representatives form educational institutions from the three states of the Yucatán Peninsula participated. I attended as a representative of the University of the Orient in Valladolid where I am teaching. At the same meeting were Crisanto Kumul and also Irene Yolanda Aké from Campeche.

The first workshop was held in December, 2007, the second in July, 2008. These both followed an important meeting in 2006 between the Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indígenas (INALI) and INEA which was called for the same purpose, to normalize the rules for writing Maya. In that meeting, the leaders ratified the “Alphabet of 1984.” The three more recent meetings mentioned above (2007,2008,and 2009) were convened by SEP (Secretaría de Educación Publica) and DGEI (Dirección General de Educación Indígena). Below is the cover page of our conference program.

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