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  • Illinois language justice collective helping to preserve Indigenous Mayan languages

    Group photo of several people standing outside a brick building with columns in the background.

    The Indigenous Languages on the Move Collective at Illinois is helping local Maya learn to read and write Q’anjob’al and working with interpreters for the community. The collective is led by Korinta Maldonado, a professor of anthropology and American Indian Studies and the co-director of the Native American and Indigenous Language Lab.

    Maldonado, far left, is joined by (from left), Q’anjob’al interpreter Cristobal Bartolo Gonzalez, graduate student Michelle Patiño-Flores (back row), Parkland College student Maria Jose Anastacio, interpreter in training Frank Jiménez, anthropology undergraduate student Jocelyn Rubi (back row), and interpreters in training Juana Juan Pedro and Efrain Gaspar, far right.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes: To contact Korinta Maldonado, email

    The Champaign County Immigrant Cooperative, which includes The Refugee Center, Immigrant Service of Champaign-Urbana, Pixan Konob’, the Immigration Project, the Collaborative Indigenous Research Pedagogy Program and the Center for Latin American Studies, also supported the workshops.