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The Maya of Santiago Chimaltenango have experienced increasingly rapid, even violent, integration into Guatemalan society in the last fifty years, yet they still distinguish themselves ethnically from Spanish-speaking Guatemalans and other Maya. Why this sense of ethnic identity persists--and also changes--over time is the focus of Maya Saints and Souls in a Changing World, a beautifully written ethnography of a Mam-speaking Maya town in the western highlands of Guatemala. John Watanabe, perhaps the only contemporary scholar of the region who speaks Mam, uniquely explores how Chimaltecos themselves define their local distinctiveness. This approach uncovers significant continuities in lifeways and world view that might otherwise remain imperceptible to an outsider. Another important feature of the study is that it updates Charles Wagley's pioneering research in the community during the 1930s. Watanabe identifies both the external, historical factors that have prompted change in the community since Wagley's time and the people's responses to these changes.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [257]-267) and index.

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ISBN:
9780292751415
Author:
Watanabe, John M.
Publisher:
University of Texas Press
Location:
Austin :
Subject:
Wages
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
Coffee industry
Subject:
Mam Indians.
Subject:
Santiago Chimaltenango (Guatemala) Economic conditions.
Subject:
Coffee plantation workers
Subject:
Santiago Chimaltenango
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Latin America - Central America
Subject:
Mam Indians -- Social conditions.
Subject:
Mam Indians -- Economic conditions.
Subject:
World History-Central America
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
9384
Publication Date:
19920131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
9.16x6.26x.85 in. 1.00 lbs.

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