Nahuatl/Nawat in Central America

The digital archive Nahuatl/Nawat in Central America (in Spanish, El Náhuatl/Náhuat en Centro América, or NECA) assembles a corpus of handwritten, colonial-era texts produced in Central America in variations of the related Mesoamerican languages of Nahuatl and Nawat. It highlights the significant number of historical Nahuatl documents from this predominantly Maya region and encourages their collaborative study across national, scholarly, community, and disciplinary lines. Many of NECA’s items are fragments within larger Spanish-language documents and are thus difficult to locate from archival guides alone. Thus far, they come from eight repositories in Guatemala, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. NECA depends on scholar contributions and is intended to be dynamic; references to new items can be sent to or directly to