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Maya Market WomenPower and Tradition in San Juan Chamelco, Guatemala$
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S. Ashley Kistler

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038358

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038358.001.0001

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Continuity and Memory in San Juan Chamelco, Guatemala

Continuity and Memory in San Juan Chamelco, Guatemala

(p.18) Chapter 2 Continuity and Memory in San Juan Chamelco, Guatemala
Maya Market Women

S. Ashley Kistler

University of Illinois Press

In Chamelco and beyond, the Q'eqchi' are one of Mesoamerica's largest indigenous groups, registering close to one million speakers in Guatemala alone. The department of Alta Verapaz is home to 776,246 residents, 720,741 of whom identify ethnically as indigenous. Spanish chroniclers suggest that Alta Verapaz has served as the Q'eqchi' homeland since the Pre-Columbian era. Chamelco's contemporary population consists of more than 38,973 individuals, a small fraction of Guatemala's total Q'eqchi' population, This chapter discusses the history of the Q'eqchi' homeland of Alta Verapaz. It argues that continuity with the ancestors and with the ancient past is a category that grounds Q'eqchi' notions of value.

Keywords:   Q'eqchi', Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, Chamelco, indigenous groups

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