Q'eqchi' - Sociopolitical Organization



The Q'eqchi' have strong beliefs in egalitarianism. Within the nation of Guatemala, however, they are considered secondary citizens. For this reason, Q'eqchi' social and political power is limited to the community level, at which a civil-religious hierarchy prevails. There are three main officers within the civil hierarchy—the alcalde, the concejal, and the sindico; they are elected by a popular assembly.

The religious hierarchy shows less of a Spanish influence. It is here that Q'eqchi' are able to build status for themselves. The role of mayordomo consists of organizing and funding fiestas and church festivals. Sponsorship of these events translates into prestige and status.

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