Luis Enrique Sam Colop

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Luis Enrique Sam Colop or Sam-Colop (born in Cantel, 1955, died July 15, 2011) was a Guatemalan/Native American linguist,[1] [2] lawyer, poet, writer, newspaper columnist,[3] promoter of the K'iche' language, and social activist.[4]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Cantel, Guatemala in 1955.


Sam Colop graduated in Law at the Rafael Landivar University [5][6] and obtained his Ph.D. at SUNY, Buffalo in 1994 with a dissertation on Maya poetry.[7]

Teaching career[edit]

He taught K'iche' Language at the Universidad de San Carlos, Guatemala. Starting in 1999 he was a Fulbright-sponsored visiting scholar at St. Mary's College of Maryland [8]

Books and articles[edit]

Published works by Luis Sam-Colop include two poem collections, Versos sin refugio [9] and La copa y la raíz[10] as well as various essays and articles.[11] He is best known outside Guatemala for a new edition of the Popol Vuh in the native language.[12] He recently received a Guggenheim fellowship in connection with this work.

External links[edit]

  • Ucha'xik - A growing collection of his newspaper columns in the Guatemalan newspaper Prensa Libre from 1996 to 2011.


  1. ^ "Luis Enrique Sam Colop, 1955-2011 | American Indian Studies". Retrieved 2011-12-19.
  2. ^ William D. Davies and Luis Enrique Sam-Colop, K‘iché and the structure of antipassive, Language 66, 522-549. (1990)
  3. ^ Prensa Libre (newspaper), Guatemala.
  4. ^ Nick Copeland Cruel Populism: Counterinsurgency Strategy and the Limits of Democracy in the Guatemalan Highlands Archived 2010-06-10 at the Wayback Machine., pages 10 and 29. LASC Working Paper N.21, University of Maryland
  5. ^ Alberto M. Fernández, Review of Kay B. Warren's Pan-Maya Activism in Guatemala Archived 2010-07-06 at the Wayback Machine.. ReVista online journal, Harvard (Spring 1999).
  6. ^ Franz Galich, ¿Existe una literatura indígena en Guatemala? Archived 2009-03-23 at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed March 08, 2009
  7. ^ Luis Enrique Sam Colop, Maya Poetics. Ph.D. dissertation, SUNY at Buffalo. University Microfilms, Ann Arbor (1994)
  8. ^ Building Student Exchanges with the Emerging Democratic World Archived 2010-05-30 at the Wayback Machine.. Grant proposal, St. Mary's College of Maryland (2003).
  9. ^ Luis Enrique Sam-Colop, Versos sin refugio (1980). 32 pages, in Spanish.
  10. ^ Luis Enrique Sam-Colop, La copa y la raíz. Editorial San Antonio, Guatemala (1979). In Spanish and K‘iche‘.
  11. ^ Luis Enrique Sam-Colop, Jub'aqtun Omay Kuchum K'aslemal, Cinco siglos de encumbrimento. Series Seminario Permanente de Estudios Mayas, No. 1. Cholsamaj, Guatemala (1991). 42 pages, in Spanish.
  12. ^ Luis Enrique Sam Colop, Popol Wuj — Versión Poética K‘iche‘. PEMBI/GTZ/Cholsamaj, Guatemala (1999). In the Quiché Maya language.