The Maya is a Mesoamerican group of indigenous people belonging to the Mayan or Mayan language family, who have traditionally inhabited the Mexican states of Yucatan, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas, in most regions of Guatemala and Belize and Honduras.

The best-known people, the Maya proper, which gives its name to the whole group, took the Yucatan Peninsula. Among the other significant Tzeltal peoples of the highlands of Chiapas are; Chol of Chiapas; Quiche, Cakchiquel, and Pokomans pokonchis Mountains Chortís Guatemala and eastern Guatemala and western Honduras. All these people were part of a common civilization and culture that in many ways, reached the highest levels of development among indigenous peoples throughout the Mesoamerican area.