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Chama, NM -- U.S. village in New Mexico
Population (2000): 1199
Housing Units (2000): 601
Land area (2000): 2.562766 sq. miles (6.637533 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 2.562766 sq. miles (6.637533 sq. km)
FIPS code: 13970
Located within: New Mexico (NM), FIPS 35
Location: 36.894777 N, 106.584406 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 87520
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Chama, NM

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Chama (Maya site)

Chama (Chamá) is a small Late-Classic Maya highland site, situated in the Chixoy River valley of the Alta Verapaz department of Guatemala, some fifty kilometers north-west of San Pedro Carchah. Small-scale excavations were carried out in the early twentieth century by Robert J. Burkitt of the Pennsylvania University Museum. The site belongs to the periphery of the lowland Maya kingdoms. It has been argued that Chama was colonized from the lowlands somewhere at the beginning of the eighth century and then developed its characteristic, but short-lived Classical ceramic style.

Chamá-style cylindrical vases have black-and-white chevron motif bands painted around the rim and base, with a bright white, and strong red-and-black palette, applied to a distinctive yellow to yellow-orange background. Rather than with scenes of courtiers and warriors, they are often decorated with humanized animals, deities, and mythological scenes.

Chama (genus)

Chama is a genus of cemented saltwater clams, marine bivalve molluscs in the family Chamidae, the jewel boxes.

Chama (investment)

A Chama is an informal cooperative society that is normally used to pool and invest savings by people in East Africa, and particularly Kenya. The chama phenomenon is also referred to as "micro-savings groups". "Chama" (also spelled Kyama by certain tribes) is the Kiswahili word for "group" or "body". The chama phenomenon arose out of the idea of harambee, which means "all together", in the late 1980s and 1990s. Originally, chamas tended to be exclusively women's groups, but as chamas started to grow in sophistication and success, men started participating in chamas as well. The chama structure is used throughout Africa, but is particularly popular in Kenya where the word originated. In Kenya there are estimated to be 300,000 chamas managing a total of KSH 300 billion (USD $3.4 billion) in assets. Chamas are known for their exclusivity. In order to join new members are typically subjected to extensive interviews and must have assurances or guarantees made for them by an existing member. Some sources have estimated that one in three Kenyans are chama members.

Usage examples of "chama".

You know I met some of your vaqueros stringing a drift fence on the far side of the Chama up the slope a ways.

Western at the town of Chama, New Mexico Territory, just south of the Colorado line near the headwaters of the Rio Chama.

Once the medicine waters of the lake drain eastward toward the Rio Chama they are lost to us forever.

I wish I knew somebody in the Chama Valley well enough for a late-night visit and the loan of a more Mexican-looking outfit for you.

Spanish, and Anglo settlers who liked to sound smart were quick to assume El Rio Chama had gotten such a name for the cottonwood, willow, and such along its floodplain.

El Rio Chama ran fairly clear this far up, but it would carry the dead ponies into the far bigger Rio Grande, which ran as muddy and stinky as the Missouri by the time it got halfway to El Paso.

He rode at a trot for an hour, and let both ponies water in the shallows of the Chama and browse some cottonwood leaves as he changed mounts by moving the shaken-out saddle blanket, and then, of course, the saddle, back aboard the cream mare.

Well before dawn he recrossed the Chama to get back on that coach road and follow it north.

Those Mexicans you just mentioned have been growing their own corn and grazing stock along the Rio Chama, betwixt the Jicarilla you're so worried about and that mesa New Mexico is even more worried about.

I just don't want to have to worry about another backside they might shoot at as I poke about those canyons on the far side of the Chama Valley.

Knowing the going would be easier up the east bank of the river because there'd be fewer side branches, they worked their way down to the fairly broad but mighty shallow Rio Chama to ford it.

But at least they won't butcher the folks aboard that morning coach, and the one coming down from that railroad stop at Chama won't even start, seeing the wire's down in Apacheria.

You can't ride on to that job up Chama way with Apache on the warpath.

Well, like Wes here says, I'd never get up to Chama to see about that other job alone at a time like this.

The San Joaquín grant, issued in 1806 in the rugged Rio Chama canyon, was picked.