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Eber, Christine Engla
The journey of a Tzotzil-Maya woman of Chiapas, Mexico : pass well over the earth / Christine Eber and 'Antonia'
Alternate Title Pass well over the earth
1st ed
Austin : University of Texas Press, 2012, c2011
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  F1221.T9 E23 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Tzotzil women -- Mexico -- Chenalhó -- Social conditions
Tzotzil women -- Political activity -- Mexico -- Chenalhó
Feminist anthropology -- Mexico -- Chenalhó
Subject Chiapas (Mexico) -- History -- Peasant Uprising, 1994-
Chenalhó (Mexico) -- History
Chenalhó (Mexico) -- Social conditions
Physical Description xxxii, 244 p. : ill., [8] p. of col. plates, maps ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [225]-232) and index
Contents Pt. 1. Becoming a Batz'i Antz = True Woman. A childhood memory ; Parents ; Learning to work ; School ; Making one's soul arrive ; Listening to the Word of God ; Courtship and marriage ; Learning to be a wife ; Learning to be a mother ; Learning to manage a household ; Animals ; Water ; Working with coffee -- Pt. 2. Contesting the status quo, creating a different world. The time of fire ; 1997 ; International encounters ; Sons ; Daughters ; Daughters-in-law and grandchildren ; Cargos ; Cooperatives ; Traveling ; The International Folk Art Market -- Pt. 3. Gains and losses, lessons learned. Envy ; Suffering ; A difficult trip ; Faith and love ; Exodus ; Death ; Life so far
Summary "Most recent books about Chiapas, Mexico, focus on political conflicts and the indigenous movement for human rights at the macro level. None has explored those conflicts and struggles in-depth through an individual woman's life story. The Journey of a Tzotzil-Maya Woman of Chiapas, Mexico now offers that perspective in one woman's own words. Anthropologist Christine Eber met 'Antonia' in 1986 and has followed her life's journey ever since. In this book, they recount Antonia's life story and also reflect on challenges and rewards they have experienced in working together, offering insight into the role of friendship in anthropological research, as well as into the transnational movement of solidarity with the indigenous people of Chiapas that began with the Zapatista uprising. Antonia was born in 1962 in San Pedro Chenalhó, a Tzotzil-Maya township in highland Chiapas. Her story begins with memories of childhood and progresses to young adulthood, when Antonia began working with women in her community to form weaving cooperatives while also becoming involved in the Word of God, the progressive Catholic movement known elsewhere as Liberation Theology. In 1994, as a wife and mother of six children, she joined a support base for the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. Recounting her experiences in these three interwoven movements, Antonia offers a vivid and nuanced picture of working for social justice while trying to remain true to her people's traditions."--Publisher's website
Series Louann Atkins Temple women & culture series ; bk. 26
Alternate Author Antonia, 1962-

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