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Agustin Quintana

Missionary and Indian philologist, b. at Antequera, the capital of Oaxaca, Mexico, about 1660; d. at Oaxaca, 1734

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Quintana, AGUSTIN, missionary and Indian philologist, b. at Antequera, the capital of Oaxaca, Mexico, about 1660; d. at Oaxaca, 1734. He entered the Order of Preachers in that city in 1688, and was soon thereafter sent as missionary priest to the Mixe Indians of southern Oaxaca, among whom he labored for twenty-eight years, mastering their difficult language to a degree never attained by any other white man. He was then appointed superior of the convent of Zacavila, but on account of broken health was soon afterward retired to the main convent at Antequera, where he devoted the rest of his life to writings in the Mixe language. This being the earliest publication in that language, in spite of age and infirmity, he made several journeys to Puebla, to supervise the making of special types. His most important work was a grammar and a series of articles on the principal articles of the Faith, under the title, "Institution cristiana, que contiene el Arte de la Lengua Mije etc." (Puebla, 1729). (See also Mixe Indians.)

JAMES MOONEY


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