Yucatec Maya of Belize

The Yucatec Maya of Belize which are found in Corozal, Orange Walk and Cayo districts . Their native language is known simply as Maya or Màaya t’aan but it is also known as Maya Yucateco. Today mostly elders are the Maya speakers while many of the younger generation have exchanged their native Maya language for Spanish and English, putting the Maya language endangered with just a little over 2000 speakers in Belize.

The Yucatec Maya in Belize identify in different ways depending on the individual, such as Maya, Masewal, Maya Masewal or Mayero.

The Northern Maya practice several Maya traditions like Cha Chaac, Hanal-Pixan, Biix, Jéets´Méek’ and others.

During the Guerra Social Maya (1847-1930’s), more commonly known as the Caste War, the Yucatec Maya were divided into several rebel groups which were fighting against the Europeans. These Yucatec Maya groups were known as the Cruzob Maya and Icaiche Maya, which their descendants are still found in Belize. Many Yucatec Maya today work as cane farmers , Police men ,Teachers etc .