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By Brent E. Metz

students and Guatemalans have characterised jap Guatemala as "Ladino" or non-Indian. The Ch'orti' don't express the most obvious indigenous markers chanced on one of the Mayas of western Guatemala, Chiapas, and the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. Few nonetheless communicate Ch'orti', such a lot not put on unique costume, and so much group businesses have lengthy been abandoned.

During the colonial interval, the Ch'orti' sector was once adjoining to rather brilliant monetary areas of valuable the USA that integrated significant alternate routes, mines, and dye plantations. within the 20th century Ch'orti's at once skilled U.S.-backed dictatorships, a 36-year civil conflict from begin to end, and Christian evangelization campaigns, all whereas their inhabitants has elevated exponentially. those have had large affects on Ch'orti' identities and cultures.

From 1991 to 1993, Brent Metz lived in 3 Ch'orti' Maya-speaking groups, studying the language, accomplishing family surveys, and interviewing informants. He came upon Ch'orti's to be embarrassed about their indigeneity, and he was once lucky to be current and concerned while many Ch'orti's joined the Maya move. He has persisted to extend his ethnographic study of the Ch'orti' each year ever considering that and has witnessed how Ch'orti's are reformulating their historical past and identity.


Brent E. Metz is assistant professor of anthropology on the college of Kansas.

"Metz has written an drastically very important and crucial ebook on a dwindling Maya tradition; this booklet should be fundamental for years to come." -- Hispanic American ancient Review

"This is a crucial contribution to Mesoamerican ehthnographic scholarship and gives an engaged and interesting account of the lives of the Ch'orti'-Maya....Metz's writing...vividly captures the private complexities of operating in and writing approximately Guatemala in [this] period....a fluidly written ethnographic analysis..." -- The Americas

"[Metz's] ebook is efficacious examining for a person operating with rural populations in Mesoamerica..." -- magazine of Anthropological Research

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