Rebels of Highland Guatemala: The Quiche-Mayas of Momostenango

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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 ...
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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.

"A powerful ethnohistory/ethnography of the Quichâe-Maya. Carmack goes into great detail as he describes 500 years of tense and cyclical sociocultural, economic, and political contact between Maya and Ladino populations. In addition to a complex account of Ladino dominance, the author reveals how the Maya construct powerful responses to their percieved powerlessness"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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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)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
Pt. 1 Prehispanic Period
Pt. 2 Colonial Period
Pt. 3 Early Republican Period
Pt. 4 Modern Period
Summary and Conclusions
App. 1. Nijaib II: A Momostenango Titulo
App. 2. Labor Obligations of Indians during the Early
App. 3. Republican Period
App. 4. Demographic Trends in Momostenango
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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