Students read and discuss K'iche' language socio-historical context beginning with colonial texts to the present. Primarily a translating class, students read primary sources in K'iche' going back to the 16th century using philological methods. Texts include colonial dictionaries and grammars, phrase books, wills and testaments, missionary texts from colonial period and late 19th century, dance dramas, and the Popol Wuj. Learn about the range of materials available in K'iche' and the tools and methods used to work with these sources. Taught at Vanderbilt University; Duke students participate through video conference/telepresence classroom. Prerequisite: K'iche' Maya 203 or equivalent.