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Telling Maya Tales: Tzotzil Identities in Modern Mexico
     

Telling Maya Tales: Tzotzil Identities in Modern Mexico

by Gary H. Gossen
 

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Telling Maya Tales offers an experimental ethnographic portrait of the San Juan Chamula, the largest and most influential Maya community of Highland Chiapas, in the late twentieth century--the era of the Zapatistas. In this collection of essays, the author, whose field work in the area spans two generations of anthropological thought, explores several

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Telling Maya Tales offers an experimental ethnographic portrait of the San Juan Chamula, the largest and most influential Maya community of Highland Chiapas, in the late twentieth century--the era of the Zapatistas. In this collection of essays, the author, whose field work in the area spans two generations of anthropological thought, explores several expressions of Tzotzil ethnic affirmation, ranging from oral narrative to ritual drama and political action. His work covers the current era, when the Chamula Tzotzils mingle chaotically and sometimes violently with the social and political space of modern Mexico--most recently, in the context of the Maya Zapatista movement of 1994.

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Offers a multiscenario ethnographic portrait of the Chamula Tzotzils in the late 20th century, and chronicles the author's own effort to move from traditional approaches to experiment with new forms of representation more suited to representing the contested spaces and evolving ethnic affirmations that characterize the modern Chaipas region. Chapters consist of essays written during the period 1986 to the present, and incorporate the voices of Tzotzil storytellers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781135233150
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/02/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Gary H. Gossen is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at SUNY, Albany. He is the author of Chamulas in the World of the Sun(1974).

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