Joanes Igeregi Santamaría, 2017: "Red de escuelas Ruk’u’x Qatinamït y revitalización
del idioma kaqchikel",
Onomázein – N.º especial | Las lenguas amerindias en Iberoamérica: retos para el siglo XXI, 115-136.
The four schools which form the network Ruk'u'x Qatinamït were created independently between
1995 and 2010, by the initiative of civil society, in the department of B'oko’ (Guatemala).
In 2011, seeing that their context and objectives coincided, they held meetings to exchange
experiences, and decided to create a network to open different ways of collaboration between
the Kaqchikel schools. The paper analyses briefly the sociolinguistic reality of the Kaqchikel language, including a diagnosis of its shift and the main factors that cause it, with
special attention to the role of school and intercultural bilingual education programs. It then
reviews the work done by the network over six years, and stops at the experience of one of
the schools in implementing an early immersion program. Finally, it examines the limits of
schools to achieve linguistic revitalization aims and the need to seek synergies with other
revitalization initiatives. It is argued that, despite its confines, Ruk'u'x Qatinamït plays a key
role in the movement for the revitalization of the Kaqchikel language.