This local study of the impact of political violence on a Maya Indian village is based on intensive fieldwork in the department of El Quich Guatemala, during 1988-1990. It examines the processes of fragmentation and realignment in a community undergoing rapid and violent change and relates local, social, cultural, and psychological phenomena to the
1. Introduction; 2. The Setting; 3. Gender Relations Before 'La Violencia'; 4. 'La Violencia'; 5. Village Patrols and Their Violence; 6. Women's Lives as Widows (Malca'nib); 7. Popular Memories of 'La Violencia'; 8. The Dead, the Disappeared, and Clandestine Graves; 9. K'iche' Theories of Causation and the Reconstruction of Meaning of 'La Violencia'; 10. Cultural Construction and Reconstruction of Danger; 11. The Exhumation and Beyond.