Travelers to the Other World
A Maya View of North America
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: University of New Mexico Press
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At a time when everyone spoke of the disintegration of the American family, it was remarkably heartening and strange to participate in the welcome extended to my friends Romin Teratol and Antzelmo PĂ©res as they traveled across the United States and were invited into the homes of my family members, of my wifeâs family...
Tzotzil Maya Pronunciation
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For those game enough to pronounce the Tzotzil words, the vowels are a as in father, e as in gem or a in fame, i as in safari, o as in cold or the au of caught, u as in the oo of moon. The j is h, as in Na Chij; tz is ts, as in Tzotzil; x is sh, as in Xun. An apostrophe (â ) signifies a constriction of the throat, as in...
Visits to the Underworld
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Years ago, I spent a period of time in the remote Maya highlands of Chiapas and Guatemala. What I found in there was, to me, a seductive revelationâsmall houses with high-peaked thatch roofs and the smells of wood smoke and damp lanolin suffusing the air; tiny...
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Long before Romin Teratol and Antzelmo PĂ©res accompanied me to what was for them the mysterious other world of the United States, we had already shared a wealth of experiences, become deeply involved in one anotherâs lives. When my wife and I took our first steps...
Innocents Abroad and Back Home
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In my grand plan to compile a dictionary so comprehensive that it would confound the Ladinos and my own people who still deny Indians a language, granting them to be only speakers of âdialects,â and wishing to have a third party to sharpen our wits, Romin and I...
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Part I: Journey to the American West
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When he arrived at my house, he found me drunk. When he arrived at my house, he found me asleep. I thought I was supposed to meet him early Sunday morning in Na Chij, because I was going to pass by Stzellejtik to talk to my mother-in-law. But no, he arrived to pick me...
Part II: Journey to the American East
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Compadre Lol sent me a request in the year 1967 that he wanted me and Antzelmo to come to his country. The government did us a favor here; they issued our documents for us. When they were ready, my compadre Lol came all the way to ZinacantĂĄn to pick us up. But the...
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Thirty years later, in the 1990s, Zinacantec travelers had become quite sophisticated; aware of social, economic, and political problems at home and across the border to the north. Rather than acting as objective anthropologists, they now have embraced advocacy...
Literature Cited [Contains Image Plates]
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Page Count: 256
Illustrations: 15 halftones
Publication Year: 2010