By Christine Eber, Antonia
Most contemporary books approximately Chiapas, Mexico, specialise in political conflicts and the indigenous flow for human rights on the macro point. None has explored these conflicts and struggles in-depth via someone woman's lifestyles tale. The trip of a Tzotzil-Maya girl of Chiapas, Mexico now bargains that point of view in a single woman's personal phrases. Anthropologist Christine Eber met "Antonia" in 1986 and has her life's trip ever due to the fact that. during this ebook, they recount Antonia's lifestyles tale and in addition think about demanding situations and rewards they've got skilled in operating jointly, delivering perception into the function of friendship in anthropological learn, in addition to into the transnational move of harmony with the indigenous humans of Chiapas that started with the Zapatista uprising.
Antonia used to be born in 1962 in San Pedro Chenalhó, a Tzotzil-Maya township in highland Chiapas. Her tale starts with stories of formative years and progresses to younger maturity, while Antonia all started operating with girls in her group to shape weaving cooperatives whereas additionally turning into concerned with the be aware of God, the revolutionary Catholic flow identified somewhere else as Liberation Theology. In 1994, as a spouse and mom of six childrens, she joined a aid base for the Zapatista military of nationwide Liberation. Recounting her stories in those 3 interwoven routine, Antonia bargains a shiny and nuanced photograph of operating for social justice whereas attempting to stay precise to her people's traditions.
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Young women in Chenalhó also get many messages about how to be a batz’i antz (true woman). True women transform corn into food for humans, and they help in the fields if their labor is needed. They are industrious and hard-working. In complementary fashion, batz’i viniketik (true men) plant and harvest corn. They cut, carry, and stack firewood. They shuck and grind corn, feed chickens and other animals, collect fruit from nearby trees, comfort children in the night and care for them at times in the day, and buy items of food or other things the family needs.
They were quite torn but they covered me. I still remember when I returned from school I had to change my clothes and wear my torn skirt. In the afternoon I went to the well to get water, and there I’d find my friends from school. I was ashamed for them to see me in my torn clothes. We never had shoes back then. I began to use shoes after I left school because a teacher gave me a pair of sandals. 2 From then on I began to wear shoes. But it was strange for the people to see them. Sometimes they made fun of women who wore sandals.
Although it’s not tasty, takivaj is very important in fiestas. Chenkulvaj Chenkulvaj is a major traditional food at fiestas and also at sk’in ch’ulelal [Day of the Dead]. It’s a tamale prepared from corn dough. You put ground beans in it and wrap it up in a leaf called ch’uch [from a type of banana tree that doesn’t give fruit]. Then we put it on to cook in a big pot. Everybody makes chenkulvaj for Day of the Dead when we exchange food with other families in the cemetery. We make chenkulvaj and buy fruit to give to our compañeros and relatives in the cemetery and also when they come to visit in our homes.