By David Carey Jr., Allan F. Burns
In this wealthy and dynamic paintings, David Carey Jr. offers a brand new standpoint on modern Guatemalan heritage by way of permitting the indigenous peoples to talk for themselves.
Combining the methodologies of anthropology and heritage, Carey makes use of either oral interviews and meticulous archival study to build a heritage of the final a hundred thirty years in Guatemala from the point of view of present-day Mayan humans. His examine came about over 5 years, together with in depth language examine, 4 summers of fieldwork, and a year-long place of dwelling in Comalapa, in which he carried out many of the 414 interviews. through casting a large web for his interviews—from tiny hamlets to bustling Guatemala City—Carey received perception into greater than a unmarried group or a unmarried staff of Maya.
The Maya-Kaqchikel list their historical past via oral culture; therefore, few written money owed exist. evaluating the Kaqchikel viewpoint to that of the western students and Ladinos who've written many of the background texts, Carey unearths the folk and occasions vital to the Maya, that have been almost written out of the nationwide history.
A motto of the Guatemalan association Maya Decinio para el Pueblo Indigena (Maya Decade for the Indigenous humans) is that individuals who have no idea their previous can't construct a destiny. by way of elucidating what the Kaqchikel ponder their very own prior, Carey additionally illuminates the worth of non-Western theoretical and methodological methods that may be utilized to the historical past of alternative peoples. necessary to historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, or somebody attracted to Mayan and Latin American reviews, this booklet will tell in addition to enchant.