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Words of the True Peoples/Palabras de los Seres Verdaderos: Anthology of Contemporary Mexican Indigenous-Language Writers/Antología de Escritores Actuales en Lenguas Indígenas de México

Volume Two/Tomo Dos: Poetry/Poesía

Edited by Carlos Montemayor and Donald Frischmann

Publication Year: 2005

The second book in a major three-volume trilingual anthology of Mexican indigenous writing.

Published by: University of Texas Press

Series: Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. vii-x

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pp. xi

We wish to offer our thanks to the following institutions and individualswhose valuable support has made this project possible: The Texas Christian University Research and Creative Activities Fund, Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies, and AddRan... Deseamos agradecer el apoyo invaluable de las siguientes instituciones y personas que hicieron posible la realización de este proyecto:


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pp. xii

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Regarding the Indigenous Languages and Alphabets in This Volume

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pp. xiii

The Isthmus Zapotecs call their language Diidxazá: from diidxa’, ‘‘tongue,’’ ‘‘word,’’ ‘‘language,’’ and za, ‘‘cloud.’’ This is the language of the Binnizá, from binni, ‘‘people’’ and za, ‘‘cloud’’: the People of the... Los zapotecos del Istmo llaman a su lengua diidxazá, de diidxa’, ‘‘lengua,’’ ‘‘palabra,’’ ‘‘idioma,’’ y za, ‘‘nube,’’ es decir, el idioma de los binnizá, de binni, ‘‘gente’’ y za, ‘‘nube’’; es decir, la gente de la nube o los zapotecos. A finales del siglo XX había aproximadamente...

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Carlos Montemayor

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pp. 1-19

It is important to bear in mind several formal elements when discussing poetry written in Indigenous languages. This is particularly true of the auditory aspect, since the phonological systems of these languages are richer and more complex than...

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Donald Frischmann

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pp. 20-41

‘‘The true poet is the chjinie, the ritual healer,’’ explains Mazatec author Juan Gregorio Regino.1 Víctor Terán, an Isthmus Zapotec poet, boasts: ‘‘In Juchitán, everyone is born a poet, until they prove otherwise.’’2 These two concepts on the...

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Víctor de la Cruz

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pp. 42-55

Víctor de la Cruz was born in Juchitán, Oaxaca, in 1948. He holds doctorate and master’s degrees in Mesoamerican Studies from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México’s (UNAM) Division of Philosophy and Letters; he also holds a bachelor’s...

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Víctor Terán

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pp. 46-69

Víctor Terán, pseudonym of Víctor Hernández López, was born in Juchitán, Oaxaca, in 1958. He is a middleschool teacher and supervisor and founding member of the National Association of Indigenous-Language Writers. In 1992 he received...

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Natalia Toledo Paz

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pp. 70-83

Natalia Toledo was born in Juchitán, Oaxaca, in 1967. She studied at the Escuela de la Sociedad General de Escritores de México (SOGEM) in Mexico City and has participated in national and international poetry meetings. Her work was supported by a grant...

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Mario Molina Cruz

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pp. 84-103

Mario Molina Cruz was born on January 19, 1955, in the Zapotec community of Yalálag, Villa Hidalgo, in the Sierra Norte of the state of Oaxaca. He has worked for a number of years as a bilingual cultural promoter. Molina Cruz is a founding..

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Juan Gregorio Regino

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pp. 104-123

Juan Gregorio Regino was born on November 5, 1962, in Nuevo Paso Nazareno, Chichicazapa, in Soyaltepec, Oaxaca. He joined the Department of Indigenous Education in 1979 as a bilingual cultural promotor, and in 1981 he completed his training...

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Heriberto Prado Pereda

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pp. 124-151

Heriberto Prado Pereda was born in 1954 in Santa María Chilchotla, in the municipality of Teotitlán de Flores Magón (previously Teotitlán del Camino), Oaxaca. He served as a Catholic priest for twelve years, during which time he translated the mass...

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Natalio Hernández

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pp. 152-165

Natalio Hernández was born in Naranjo Dulce, Ixhuatlán deMadero,Veracruz, in 1947. He is a graduate of a Nahuatl- Spanish bilingual normal school for elementary education teachers. He was assistant director of the Office of Indigenous Education of the Secretariat...

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Serafín Thaayrohyadi Bermúdez

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pp. 166-181

Serafín Thaayrohyadi Bermúdez, Ñähñu (Otomí) writer, was born in April 1968 in Temoaya, in the state of Mexico. Ro mähki hñä/La palabra sagrada (The Sacred Word) (Mexico City: INI/CNCA/DGCP, 1998) is his most recent book of...

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Briceida Cuevas Cob

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pp. 182-197

Briceida Cuevas Cob was born in the community of Tepakán, municipality of Calkiní, state of Campeche, in July 1969. She has completed studies at the secondary level and in business. In 1996 she was a grantee of the National Fund for Culture...

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Gerardo Can Pat

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pp. 198-213

Gerardo Can Pat was born in 1957 in Tibolón, Yucatán, where he died thirty-seven years later, in 1994. He is one of the most brilliant poets in the Mayan language, exhibiting a great depth of expression in his tongue and a unique cadence and musicality. He published a historical essay on Tibolón entitled Jump’éel...

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Alberto Gómez Pérez

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pp. 214-235

Alberto Gómez Pérez was born in 1966 in Ejido Santa Catarina Las Palmas, in themunicipality of Huitiupan, Chiapas. He is an active member of theMayan-ZoqueWriters Group and the National Association of Indigenous-Language Writers. In 1994–1995...

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Jun Tiburcio

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pp. 236-254

Jun Tiburcio was born in 1959 in Chumatlán, Veracruz. He is a poet, artisan, and ceramics artist. He has authored two collections of poetry in Totonaco and Spanish: X’tachuwin chu x’tatlin li tantatanu/Palabra y canto de los totonacos (TotonacWord and Song) (Oaxaca: Centro Editorial de Literatura Indígena, A.C., 1994...


Appendix A. The Owners, Lords, or Guardians of the Earth and the Water/Apéndice A. Los Dueños, Señores o Guardianes de la tierra y el agua

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pp. 255-256

Appendix B. Hurricane and Lightning Entities/ Apéndice B. Entidades del huracán y del rayo

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pp. 257-260

Appendix C. Traditional Prayers and Healing Ceremonies/ Apéndice C. Rezos tradicionales y ceremonias de curación

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pp. 261-264

English Glossary

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pp. 265-270

Glosario español

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pp. 271-276

Sources of the Poems/Fuentes de los poemas

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pp. 277

E-ISBN-13: 9780292737662
E-ISBN-10: 0292737661
Print-ISBN-13: 9780292706767
Print-ISBN-10: 0292706766

Page Count: 295
Illustrations: 12 b&w photos
Publication Year: 2005

Series Title: Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture

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  • Indian literature -- Mexico -- History and criticism.
  • Maya literature -- History and criticism.
  • Indians of Mexico -- Languages -- Texts.
  • Mexican literature -- History and criticism.
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