Words of the True Peoples/Palabras de los Seres Verdaderos: Anthology of Contemporary Mexican Indigenous-Language Writers/Antología de escritores actuales en lenguas indígenas de México, Volume Three/Tomo tres: Theater/Teatro

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As part of the larger, ongoing movement throughout Latin America to reclaim non-Hispanic cultural heritages and identities, indigenous writers in Mexico are reappropriating the written word in their ancestral tongues and in Spanish. As a result, the long-marginalized, innermost feelings, needs, and worldviews of Mexico's ten to twenty million indigenous peoples are now being widely revealed to the Western societies with which these peoples coexist. To contribute to this process and serve as a bridge of ...

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Words of the True Peoples/Palabras de los Seres Verdaderos: Anthology of Contemporary Mexican Indigenous-Language Writers/Antología de Escritores Actuales en Lenguas Indígenas de México: Volume Three/Tomo Tres: Theater/Teatro

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Overview

As part of the larger, ongoing movement throughout Latin America to reclaim non-Hispanic cultural heritages and identities, indigenous writers in Mexico are reappropriating the written word in their ancestral tongues and in Spanish. As a result, the long-marginalized, innermost feelings, needs, and worldviews of Mexico's ten to twenty million indigenous peoples are now being widely revealed to the Western societies with which these peoples coexist. To contribute to this process and serve as a bridge of intercultural communication and understanding, this groundbreaking, three-volume anthology gathers works by the leading generation of writers in thirteen Mexican indigenous languages: Nahuatl, Maya, Tzotzil, Tzeltal, Tojolabal, Tabasco Chontal, Purepecha, Sierra Zapoteco, Isthmus Zapoteco, Mazateco, Ñahñu, Totonaco, and Huichol.

Volume Three contains plays by six Mexican indigenous writers. Their plays appear first in their native language, followed by English and Spanish translations. Montemayor and Frischmann have abundantly annotated the Spanish, English, and indigenous-language texts and added glossaries and essays that introduce the work of each playwright and discuss the role of theater within indigenous communities. These supporting materials make the anthology especially accessible and interesting for nonspecialist readers seeking a greater understanding of Mexico's indigenous peoples.

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Meet the Author

CARLOS MONTEMAYOR is an award-winning Mexican creative writer, political analyst, and expert on indigenous cultures. He is based in Mexico City.

DONALD FRISCHMANN is Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and Researcher at the Universidad de las Américas-Puebla.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments/Agradecimientos

Abbreviations/Abreviaturas

Regarding the Indigenous Languages and Alphabets in This Volume/Acerca de los idiomas y alfabetos indígenas de este volumen

Theater, Which Once Was Dance
El teatro, que alguna vez fue danza
Carlos Montemayor

A Question of Balance: Indigenous Theater at the Conjunction of Millennia
Buscando el equilibrio: Teatro indígena en la conjunción de milenios
Donald Frischmann

1. Feliciano Sánchez Chan (Mayan/maya)
Keejo'ob
Deer
Venados
2. Carlos Armando Dzul Ek (Mayan/maya)
Bix úuchik u bo'ot ku'si'ip'il "Manilo'ob" tu ja'abil 1562
The Maní Inquisition or the Colliding of Two Cultures
El auto de fe de Maní o Choque de dos culturas
3. Sna Jtz'ibajom (Tzotzil/tzotzil)
Skotol ta skotol
From All for All
De todos para todos
4. Petrona de la Cruz (Tzotzil/tzotzil)
Ilbajinel xchi'uk lekilal ta tz'akal
Hell and Hope
Infierno y esperanza
5. Isabel Juárez Espinosa (Tzeltal/tzeltal)
Mach' atik ya xlok'ik
Migration
Migración
6. Ildefonso Maya (Nahuatl/náhuatl)
Ixtlamatinij
The Learned Ones
Ixtlamatinij

English Glossary
Glosario español
Sources of the Plays/Fuentes de las obras de teatro

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