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Maya Market Women: Power and Tradition in San Juan Chamelco, Guatemala

S. Ashley Kistler


As cultural mediators, Chamelco's market women offer a model of contemporary Q'eqchi' identity grounded in the strength of the Maya historical legacy. Guatemala's Maya communities have faced nearly five hundred years of constant challenges to their culture, from colonial oppression to the instability of violent military dictatorships and the advent of new global technologies. In spite of this history, the people of San Juan Chamelco, Guatemala, have effectively resisted significant changes to their cultural identities. Chamelco residents embrace new technologies, ideas, and resources to streng ... More

Keywords: market women, San Juan Chamelco, Q'eqchi' identity, Maya communities, colonial oppression, military dictatorship, Guatemala, Maya tradition, indigenous identity, Maya markets

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038358
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038358.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. Ashley Kistler, author
Rollins College