By S. Ashley Kistler

ISBN-10: 0252038355

ISBN-13: 9780252038358

As cultural mediators, Chamelco's marketplace girls provide a version of latest Q'eqchi' identification grounded within the power of the Maya historic legacy. Guatemala's Maya groups have confronted approximately years of continuous demanding situations to their tradition, from colonial oppression to the instability of violent army dictatorships and the appearance of latest worldwide applied sciences. however historical past, the folks of San Juan Chamelco, Guatemala, have successfully resisted major alterations to their cultural identities. Chamelco citizens include new applied sciences, rules, and assets to bolster their indigenous identities and retain Maya perform within the twenty first century, a resilience that units Chamelco except different Maya towns.

in contrast to the region's different indigenous ladies, Chamelco's Q'eqchi' marketplace girls in attaining either prominence and visibility as proprietors, dominating social domain names from faith to neighborhood politics. those girls honor their households' legacies via continuation of the inherited, high-status advertising exchange. In Maya industry Women, S. Ashley Kistler describes how marketplace girls achieve social status as mediators of occasionally conflicting realities, harnessing the forces of world capitalism to revitalize Chamelco's indigenous identification. operating on the intersections of globalization, kinship, gender, and reminiscence, Kistler provides a firsthand examine Maya markets as a website during which the values of capitalism and indigenous groups meet.

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Traditional healers (curanderos) treat patients with a variety of natural and supernatural illnesses. There has been an influx of migrants to the town center over the past twenty years, although the majority of the town’s population still resides in rural areas, with only 25 percent living in the municipal center (INE 2002b). indd 23 1/27/14 12:17 PM chapter 2 throughout the rural areas, houses are made from wooden planks or saplings lashed together. Homes have metal roofs, as the metal sheeting is reliable, inexpensive, and durable.

Be able to manage destiny. (Kistler 2010a: 420) Once leader, Aj Pop B’atz’ prepared to resist the inevitable Spanish invasion. He successfully fended off their first attempts to invade Tezulutlán and kept his people safe and free of Spanish domination for more than a decade. During the next decade, however, the Spanish forces became more formidable as their alliances with neighboring groups grew. Aj Pop B’atz’ realized that his armies could no longer resist a Spanish invasion. To protect his people, he sent his soldiers to initiate peaceful contact with the Spaniards and request a meeting with the Spanish friars at his home in the San Luis neighborhood of Chamelco.

In fact, judgments about Western clothing are so strong that some Ladinas, Peace Corps volunteers, and foreign missionaries opt to wear indigenous dress to enhance their social standing. My own use of Q’eqchi’ dress became so important that by the end of my fieldwork in 2006, it was nearly impossible for me to conduct my fieldwork in “Western” clothes (Figure 3). People had become so accustomed to seeing me wear indigenous dress that when I didn’t, they acted antagonistically. Following a memorial Mass I attended one day, I had the following conversation with a local woman (MC), as recorded in my fieldnotes: MC: Where is your skirt?

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