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By Gary H. Gossen

Telling Maya stories deals an experimental ethnographic portrait of the San Juan Chamula, the biggest and such a lot influential Maya group of Highland Chiapas, within the past due 20th century--the period of the Zapatistas. during this choice of essays, the writer, whose box paintings within the region spans generations of anthropological inspiration, explores numerous expressions of Tzotzil ethnic confirmation, starting from oral narrative to ritual drama and political motion. His paintings covers the present period, while the Chamula Tzotzils mingle chaotically and infrequently violently with the social and political house of contemporary Mexico--most lately, within the context of the Maya Zapatista circulate of 1994.

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I was happily involved in all of these activities, and they are, not surprisingly, important to me to this day. On my grandmother's death, in 1954, the farm was rented out; in 1956, the buildings were razed, the orchard bulldozed, and the farm sold as one hundred acres of prime wheat land, which, I suppose, it was and is. e from Virginia, claimed a relationship to President Hayes) and new Scotch-Irish stock (my grandfather Hamilton, the H of my own name). Proud but poor, they worked as sharecroppers, until the age of sixty, ever preoccupied with landlords and creditors.

10. "This a calendar book [almanac]:" 11. " 12. " 13. " 14. " The major heroes and villains of recent (Fourth Creation) Tzotzil oral history are not Indians, but Mexican mestizos (of mixed Indian and European ancestry) and criollos (of European parentage, born in America). an causes in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s-figure prominently and positively in oral historical accounts of the present era. Miguel Hidalgo was a criollo, and Urbina was of mixed Tzotzil and mestizo background (see chapter 4). Certainly, the major villains of recent oral history are also predominantly non-Indian.

They came largely to get away-that most simple of motives. To get away. Away from what? In the long run, away from everything. That is why most people have come to America, and still do come. To get away from everything they have ever been. " Which is all very well, but it isn't freedom. Rather, the reverse. A hopeless sort of constraint. It is never freedom till you find something you really positively want to be. And people in America have always been shouting about what they are not. Unless, of course, they are millionaires, made or in the making.

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