Rebels of Highland Guatemala: The Quiche-Mayas of Momostenango

Rebels of Highland Guatemala: The Quiche-Mayas of Momostenango

by Robert M. Carmack
     
 

The Quiche-Mayas of Momostenango have lived in the western highlands of Guatemala since prehispanic times. In Rebels of Highland Guatemala, Robert M. Carmack reconstructs their dramatic struggle to retain their ethnic and cultural identity in the face of relentless efforts by outsiders to impose their own social and moral order. Carmack traces the political history of…  See more details below

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The Quiche-Mayas of Momostenango have lived in the western highlands of Guatemala since prehispanic times. In Rebels of Highland Guatemala, Robert M. Carmack reconstructs their dramatic struggle to retain their ethnic and cultural identity in the face of relentless efforts by outsiders to impose their own social and moral order. Carmack traces the political history of Momostenango as a province of the Quiche kingdom, a community under Spanish colonial rule, a township under the despotic coffee regime, and a dynamic municipio caught in the turmoil of the Guatemalan civil war. On the basis of archaeological investigations, studies of the Maya languages, research in Guatemalan, U.S., and Spanish archives, and his extensive ethnographic studies in Momostenango, Carmack documents the local modes of production, hierarchies of authority, and political struggles for each period, highlighting the clash between the traditional sector and modernizing forces in the broader context of Guatemalan society. This comprehensive ethnohistory examines demographic and ecological conditions; the profound ethnic division between Indians and non-Indians; internal class relations; the changing views of kinship, ritual, political legitimacy, and power in local culture; and the strategies employed by Momostecans in responding to external pressures.

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An ethnohistory of the Quiche-Maya Indians, who have lived in the western highlands of Guatemala since prehispanic times, focusing on their struggle to retain their ethnic and cultural identity in the face of relentless external pressures. Carmack (anthropology, SUNY- Albany) traces the political history of Momostenango as a province of the Quiche kingdom, a community under Spanish colonial rule, a township under the despotic coffee regime, and a municipio caught in the turmoil of the Guatemalan civil war. Includes 43 b&w photographs and 17 maps. Extensive bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780806127606
Publisher:
University of Oklahoma Press
Publication date:
11/28/1995
Series:
Civilization of the American Indian Series, #21
Pages:
526
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.41(d)

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