Yucatec Maya: domestic helper

I have known Lupita for some years now She cleans my household once a week. She is hard working, reliable and always cheerful and optimistic. I would trust her with my own life. Her full name is Guadalupe Canché Chi. Her ancestral land is in the nearby Cobá village where there are the ancient ruins of the same name. However, she moved to Playa del Carmen in search of work and a new, urban life. While her mother María lived in a typical Maya village house made of wood and with a palapa roof (made of dried palm leaves), Lupita now lives in a modern brick house. She is married to Tirso who works as a taxi driver and they have three school-age children, Dominik, Joceline and Xóchitl. They all speak the Maya language although the children are taught at their school only in Spanish. It is up to their parents to keep the Maya language alive (not all manage to do that). Yucatec Maya is a language still spoken by about 800,000 - 1.2 million people.

Lupita with two of her children.

Lupita with two of her children.

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Lupita’s mother. Left: Family house in Cobá.

Lupita’s mother. Left: Family house in Cobá.


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