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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Introduction: Maya Heroes, Resistance, and Identity
  2. S. Ashley Kistler
  3. pp. 1-19
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  1. 1. Tekun Umam: Maya Hero, K’iche’ Hero
  2. Judith M. Maxwell, Ixnal Ambrocia Cuma Chávez
  3. pp. 20-36
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  1. 2. Unsung Heroes: Cahí Ymox, Belehé Qat, and Kaqchikel Resistance to the Spanish Invasion of Guatemala, 1524–1540
  2. W. George Lovell, Christopher H. Lutz
  3. pp. 37-60
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  1. 3. Discovering Aj Poop B’atz’: Collaborative Ethnography and the Exploration of Q’eqchi’ Identity
  2. S. Ashley Kistler
  3. pp. 61-80
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  1. 4. The Man at the Crossroads: Mapla’s Sojuel, Ancestral Guardian of Tz’utujil-Mayas
  2. Allen J. Christenson
  3. pp. 81-99
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  1. 5. Jacinto Pat and the Talking Cross: Caste War Heroes in the Yucatán Peninsula
  2. Stephanie J. Litka
  3. pp. 100-120
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  1. 6. The Hero Cult of Carrillo Puerto Versus the Maya Heroes Who Were Not Heroes: Historical Memory, Local Leadership, and the Pathology of Politics in Yucatán
  2. Fernando Armstrong-Fumero
  3. pp. 121-136
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  1. 7. Heroines of Health Care: Germana Catu and Maya Midwives
  2. David Carey Jr.
  3. pp. 137-156
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  1. 8. Rebellious Dignity: Remembering Maya Women and Resistance in the Guatemalan Armed Conflict
  2. Betsy Konefal
  3. pp. 157-173
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  1. 9. “We Will No Longer Yield an Inch of Our Identity”: Antonio Pop Caal, 1941–2002
  2. Abigail E. Adams
  3. pp. 174-189
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  1. 10. “There Are No Heroes”/“We’re All Heroes”: Kaqchikel Vendors’ Reflections on National Holidays and National Heroes
  2. Walter E. Little
  3. pp. 190-206
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  1. References
  2. pp. 207-236
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 237-240
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 241-256
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780817391898
Related ISBN
9780817319878
MARC Record
OCLC
1040032281
Pages
270
Launched on MUSE
2018-06-18
Language
English
Open Access
No
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