Naming the Dragonfly: Why Indigenous Languages Matter in the 21st Century

by James D. Nations . Chiapas, Mexico, 2015 . . I spent the morning learning the names of dozens of dragonflies and skippers, the translucent-winged insects that flit along the edges of the crystalline-blue lakes where the Lacandón Maya live in the rainforest of southeastern Mexico. Chan K’in José Valenzuela, my 80-year-old Lacandón friend, has been