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To In or Not to In: The Politics Behind the Usage or Disavowal of Classical Nahuatl within Contemporary Nahua Literature

In preparing this overview of contemporary Nahua authors’ attitudes toward “Classical Nahuatl,” I recalled a Nahua friend of mine telling me that his father, very proud to be Nahua, had said: “Na ni mero macehualli pampa nizaniloa ica puro Nahuatl” (I am indigenous through and through, because I speak only Nahuatl [pure Nahuatl]).