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Ms. Coll. 700, Item 221 - Manuscrito cakchiquel ó sea memorial de Tecpan-Atitlan (Solola) : historia del antiguo reino del cakchiquel, dicho de Guatemala
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Annals of the Cakchiquels
Manuscrito cakchiquel ó sea memorial de Tecpan-Atitlan (Solola) [manuscript] : historia del antiguo reino del cakchiquel, dicho de Guatemala / escrita en lengua cakchiquel por don Francisco Ernantez Arana Xahila y continuado por don Francisco Diaz Gebuta Queh.
[Sololá, Guatemala? between 1619 and 1650?]
Physical description:
50 leaves : paper ; 310-314 x 210 (260-275 x 180) mm. bound to 320 x 240 mm.
Cakchikel, with title page and marginal notes in Spanish.
Early seventeenth-century transcription in Cakchikel of a collection of documents concerning the Cakchikel Indians of Guatemala, who historically had established their capital in Iximché (Tecpán), and later, during colonial times, were living in Sololá. The manuscript is a fragment, ending abruptly. Most of the documents were composed by various members of the Xahila family, especially Francisco Ernantez Arana Xahila and Francisco Diaz Gebuta Queha. The title page, in Spanish, was evidently provided by abbé Brasseur de Bourbourg sometime after his taking the manuscript into his possession in or around 1855. The early portion of the manuscript (p. 1-17) is a record of village and family incidents, including births, baptisms, and marriages, as well as accounts of disputes and the collection of contributions; the dates cited in those pages range from 1586 (p. 9) to 1619 (p. 15). The remainder of the manuscript (18-96) mainly chronicles the history of the Cakchikel Indians, from their legendary beginnings at Tulan until the early 17th century, with some aspects concerning relations with the Tzutuhil and Quiché Indians. A significant juncture in the chronicle, visually highlighted in the text, is marked by an internal revolt of a lineage group which took place at Iximché in the late 15th century (p. 48), and subsequent events are dated according to the length of time after this revolt. The arrival of the Spanish in 1524 is reported (p. 56). The writer of the final pages (p. 92-96) identifies himself as Don Pedro Elías Martin, whose account begins in 1584 (p. 92), when he became governor, and extends until 1596 (p. 96).
Formerly owned by abbé Brasseur de Bourbourg (bookplate on title page: Ex Collectione Americana, Domini Brasseur de Bourbourg).
From the collection of Daniel Garrison Brinton (ex libris stamps on front endleaf and title page).
Related names:
Arana Xajilá, Francisco Hernández, ca. 1502-1581.
Díaz Gebuta Quej, Francisco, 16th cent.
Xahila family.
Brasseur de Bourbourg, abbé, 1814-1874, former owner.
Brinton, Daniel Garrison, 1837-1899, former owner.
Cakchikel language - Texts.
Cakchikel literature.
Cakchikel Indians - History.
Tzutuhil Indians.
Quiché Indians.
Indians of Central America - Guatemala - Languages - Early works to 1800.
Indians of Central America - Guatemala - History - Early works to 1800.
Guatemala - Languages - Early works to 1800.
Guatemala - History - To 1821.
Form / Genre:
Legal documents.
Manuscripts, Cakchikel - 17th century.
Manuscripts, Latin American.
Ms. codex.
Title from title page (p. i).
Pagination: Paper, ii + 2 (newer paper) + 48 + iii; [i-iv], 1-96; modern pagination in pencil, lower center, as well as modern foliation in pencil, lower right recto; all leaves of the manuscript are mounted on guards.
Layout: Written in approximately 33 to 38 long lines, with use of section markers and headings.
Script: Written in a non-cursive hand in indigo ink (Brinton), with marginal notes in Spanish in a different hand; title page is probably in the hand of abbé Brasseur de Bourbourg.
Decoration: Various pictographic symbols drawn in ink (p. 48, 49).
Binding: 19th-century half leather; upper cover detached.
Origin: Probably transcribed in Sololá, Guatemala, between 1619 (p. 15) and 1650 (Brinton).
Other formats:
Also available on microfilm (Museum Library Microfilm Reel no. 4), Museum Library, University of Pennsylvania. A photocopy of this manuscript is shelved with the manuscript.
Indexed / Referenced in:
Described in Weeks, John M. The Library of Daniel Garrison Brinton (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2002), p. 252 (no. 2749).
Publications of or about this material:
Brinton, Daniel G. The annals of the Cakchiquels: the original text, with a translation, notes and introduction (Philadelphia: s.n., 1885; Brinton's Library of Aboriginal American Literature, no. 6). Contains a transcription and translation of manuscript p. 18-61, and translation only of manuscript p. 61-67.
Recinos, Adrián, ed. and trans. Memorial de Sololá, anales de los cakchiqueles (Mexico: Fondo de Cultura Economica, 1950). Contains a Spanish translation of the entire manucript. An English version based on Recinos's Spanish translation was published in 1953 (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1953).
Maxwell, Judith M., and Robert M. Hill II, eds. and trans. Kaqchikel chronicles: the definitive edition (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2006). Contains a transcription in modern Cakchikel orthography, with linguistic analysis and interlinear English translation, of all or most of the manuscript, although in a rearranged order.
Other Titles:
Anales de los cakchiqueles
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Coll. 700, Item 221
Contained in:
Berendt-Brinton Linguistic Collection. Item 221
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Coll. 700

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Illuminated: No
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Language: Mayan languages
Century: 17th century
Date: 1619
Genre: Chronicles
Genre: Genealogies
Genre: Legal documents
Genre: Manuscripts, Cakchikel - 17th century
Genre: Manuscripts, Latin American
Subject: Cakchikel Indians
Subject: Cakchikel language
Subject: Cakchikel literature
Subject: History
Subject: Indians of Central America
Geography: Guatemala
Related names: Arana Xajilá, Francisco Hernández, ca. 1502-1581
Related names: Brasseur de Bourbourg, abbé, 1814-1874, former owner
Related names: Brinton, Daniel Garrison, 1837-1899, former owner
Related names: Díaz Gebuta Quej, Francisco, 16th cent
Related names: Xahila family
Page material: Paper