Maya Cultural Activism in Guatemala
LLILAS Critical Reflections on Latin America Series
Published by: University of Texas Press
255 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm
- ISBN: 9780292708518
- Published: December 1996
Maya Cultural Activism in Guatemala marks a new era in Guatemalan studies by offering an up-to-the-minute look at the pan-Maya movement and the future of the Maya people as they struggle to regain control over their cultural destiny. The successful emergence of what is in some senses a nationalism grounded in ethnicity and language has challenged scholars to reconsider their concepts of nationalism, community, and identity. Editors Edward F. Fischer and R. McKenna Brown have brought together essays by virtually all the leading U.S. experts on contemporary Maya communities and the top Maya scholars working in Guatemala today. Supplementing scholarly analysis of Mayan cultural activism is a position statement originating within the movement and more wide-ranging and personal reflections by anthropologists and linguists who have worked with the Maya over the years. Among the broader issues that come in for examination are the complex relations between U.S. Mayanists and the Mayan cultural movement, efforts to promote literacy in Mayan languages, the significance of woven textiles and native dress, the relations between language and national identity, and the cultural meanings that the present-day Maya have encountered in ancient Mayan texts and hieroglyphic writing.
Acronyms1. Introduction: Maya Cultural Activism in Guatemala (Edward F. Fischer and R. McKenna Brown)2. The Politics of Maya Revindication (Demetrio Cojtí Cuxil)3. Induced Culture Change as a Strategy for Socioeconomic Development: The Pan-Maya Movement in Guatemala (Edward F. Fischer)4. Maya Culture and the Politics of Development (Raxche' [Demetrio Rodriguez Guaján])5. Reading History as Resistance: Maya Public Intellectuals in Guatemala (Kay B. Warren6. The Discourse of Concealment and 1992 (Enrique Sam Colop)7. Old Writing and New Messages: The Role of Hieroglyphic Literacy in Maya Cultural Activism (Circe Sturm)8. The Workshop for Maya on Hieroglyphic Writing (Linda Schele and Nikolai Grube)9. Maya Clothing and Identity (Irma Otzoy)10. Women, Weaving, and Education in Maya Revitalization (Carol Hendrickson)11. The Mayan Language Loyalty Movement in Guatemala (R. McKenna Brown)12. The Role of Language Standardization in Revitalization (Nora C. England)13. Prescriptive Grammar and Kaqchikel Revitalization (Judith M. Maxwell)14. Maya Education: A Historical and Contemporary Analysis of Mayan Language Education Policy (Julia Becker Richards and Michael Richards)BibliographyIndex