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Telling Maya Tales

Tzotzil Identities in Modern Mexico, 1st Edition

By Gary H. Gossen


346 pages

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Paperback: 9780415914673
pub: 1998-11-19
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Telling Maya Tales offers an experimental ethnographic portrait of the San Juan Chamula, the largest and most influential Maya community of Highland Chiapas, in the late twentieth century--the era of the Zapatistas. In this collection of essays, the author, whose field work in the area spans two generations of anthropological thought, explores several expressions of Tzotzil ethnic affirmation, ranging from oral narrative to ritual drama and political action. His work covers the current era, when the Chamula Tzotzils mingle chaotically and sometimes violently with the social and political space of modern Mexico--most recently, in the context of the Maya Zapatista movement of 1994.


"Gary H. Gossen, a seasoned anthropologist with extensive field experience in Chiapas from the time of the "Harvard Chiapas Project" in the 1960s…offers many pieces of rich ethnography and interesting interpretation." -- Latin American Research Review

About the Author

Gary H. Gossen is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies at SUNY, Albany. He is the author of Chamulas in the World of the Sun(1974).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General