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Title Faces of Resistance : Maya Heroes, Power, and Identity / edited by S. Ashley Kistler
Imprint Tuscaloosa, Alabama : University of Alabama Press, [2018]
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 Ethnology Library  F1465 .F33 2018    AVAILABLE    30520020865326
Descript 256 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
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Note "Fosters a holistic understanding of the roles of Maya heroic figures as cornerstones of cultural identity and political resistance and power. In the sixteenth century, Q'eqchi' Maya leader Aj Poop B'atz' changed the course of Q'eqchi' history by welcoming Spanish invaders to his community in peace to protect his people from almost certain violence. Today, he is revered as a powerful symbol of Q'eqchi' identity. Aj Poop B'atz' is only one of many indigenous heroes who has been recognized by Maya in Mexico and Guatemala throughout centuries of subjugation, oppression, and state-sponsored violence. Faces of Resistance: Maya Heroes, Power, and Identity explores the importance of heroes through the analyses of heroic figures, some controversial and alternative, from the Maya area. Contributors examine stories of hero figures as a primary way through which Maya preserve public memory, fortify their identities, and legitimize their place in their country's historical and political landscape. Leading anthropologists, linguists, historians, and others incorporate ethnographic, ethnohistoric, and archival material into their chapters, resulting in a uniquely interdisciplinary book for scholars as well as students. The essays offer the first critical survey of the broad significance of these figures and their stories and the ways that they have been appropriated by national governments to impose repressive political agendas. Related themes include the role of heroic figures in the Maya resurgence movement in Guatemala, contemporary Maya concepts of "hero," and why some assert that all contemporary Maya are heroes"-- Provided by publisher
"The Maya have faced innumerable and constant challenges to their cultural identities in the last 500 years, from the subjugation of the contact and colonial periods, to the brutality of state-sponsored violence in Guatemala and the introduction of new global technologies. Oral tradition plays a fundamental role among the contemporary Maya as a means to record history and resist oppression. Although scholars have examined the processes of resistance and identity in different spheres, The Faces of Resistance: Maya Heroes, Power, and Identity is the first to unpack the importance of heroes as a cornerstone of Maya cultural and political resistance. This collection of essays by leading scholars explores how Maya communities draw on stories of indigenous heroes as an empowering cultural memory and a way to connect with the legacy of their extraordinary past. In particular, this volume considers how the Maya, following centuries of persecution and marginalization, use historical knowledge to generate and fortify their indigenous identities. The analysis of Maya heroes presented in this volume reveals that narratives of hero figures help the Maya to re-connect with an understanding of their history that has survived centuries of oppression and legitimize the practices, beliefs, and morality that will define their future"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-236) and index
Subject Mayas -- Guatemala -- Ethnic identity
Mayas -- Guatemala -- History
Heroes -- Guatemala -- History -- 16th century
Group identity -- Guatemala
Guatemala -- History -- To 1821
Alt Author Kistler, S. Ashley, 1978- editor
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