The Maya Educational Foundation supports the educational and professional advancement of the Maya people and neighboring indigenous cultures in southern Mexico, Belize and Central America, and sustains programs that foster study, preservation and understanding of those cultures.
 
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Books of Interest

 
 
 
 
Laurie Levinger
¿Cuál Guerra? Testimonios de sobrevivientes mayas. Guatemala: Editorial Cholsamaj, 2008. xi + 159 pp. Photographs and bibliography. ISBN 99922-53-71-1 (21 x 16.5 cm, paperback). 
 
What War? Testimonies of Maya Survivors. Vermont, United States: Full Circle Press LLC, 2009. Photographs and bibliography. ISBN 978-0-9790046-4-3 (21.5 x 14 cm, paperback).
 
In 2004, Laurie Levinger left her home in Vermont for Guatemala where she planned to teach English to Maya university students. But on the first day of class, Levinger became the student instead of the teacher when a young man named Fernando introduced himself by saying "My father was killed when I was four months old. I am a survivor of the Guatemalan civil war."
     Shocked, Levinger's first thought was "What war?"
     Beginning in 1960, fighting between the Guatemalan military and guerrilla fighters raged across this Central American country. By 1980, this violence—which began with a CIA-backed coup and efforts by the United Fruit Company to protect its financial interests—turned into the massacre of Maya people in every corner of Guatemala. By the time peace accords were signed in 1996, over 200,000 Maya people had been murdered, "disappeared" or forced into exile by their own government.
     Levinger's students had been young children when these atrocities were committed. Many lost their parents. Many had relatives who "disappeared." All had suffered the loss of their culture, their family ties, their sense of safety, their personal identities.
     As a clinical social worker, Levinger believes in the importance of bearing witness, of speaking the unspeakable out loud. After her initial trip, she returned to Guatemala, this time with a tape recorder and a mission: to record the testimonies of her students, to document their enduring love for their Maya culture, and to honor their unflagging search for truth.
     In What War? Levinger brings us stories, told in the spare and eloquent language of truth-tellers, reminding us all that the true cost of war is borne by the survivors. And so is the hope for peace.
 
For a radio interview to Levinger about the book, go to News & Events.
 
 
If you are interested in purchasing the book, go to Laurie Levinger's website.
 

  

 
Barbara Rogoff, Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town.  Oxford University Press, 2011. 336 pp. ISBN 978 (21 x 16.5 cm, hardback). 
 
Developing Destinies is an engaging narrative of one remarkable person’s life and the life of her community that blends psychology, anthropology, and history to reveal the integral role that culture plays in human development. With extensive photographs and accounts of Mayan family life, medical practices, birth, child development, and learning, Rogoff adeptly shows that we can better understand the role of culture in our lives by examining how people participate in cultural practices. This landmark book brings theory alive with fascinating ethnographic findings that advance our understanding of childhood, culture, and change. 
 
 
Developing Destinies: A Mayan Midwife and Town  only took me 20 years!
 
Royalties are contributed to the Learning Center and other projects in the Tz'utujil Mayan town of San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala.
 
 
Have a look at the book and related photos and paintings on Facebook page "Barbara Rogoff Publications" (and if you like it, "like it")
 
 
Barbara Rogoff

 


 

James Howe, Un pueblo que no se arrodillaba: Panamá, los Estados Unidos y los kunas de San Blas. Serie monográfica 13. La Antigua Guatemala: CIRMA y Plumsock Mesoamerican Studies, 2004. Traducción de Ana Ríos. xvi + 461 págs. Fotografías, ilustraciones, mapas, notas, bibliografía e índice analítico. ISBN 0-910443-21-1.

US$ 22.00 (25.4 x 17.6 cm, en rústica) 

As they expanded, most nations in the Western Hemisphere relegated indigenous peoples to the lowest social levels, stealing their land, diminishing their populations, exploiting their labor, and flattening their cultures. Few have gone quietly, however, and some, including the San Blas Kuna of Panama, have won enduring victories.
     Tapping into an unusual wealth of historical documents and native testimony to tell the extraordinary story of the Kuna struggle against outside domination during the first quarter of the twentieth century, James Howe illuminates the triangular relationship among a weak Panamanian government, an Indian people who used the political methods of a national society to resist, and the hemisphere’s dominant nation, a colonial power that had supposedly renounced colonialism.




 
Don Dumond, El machete y la cruz: la sublevación de campesinos en Yucatán. México: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Plumsock Mesoamerican Studies y Maya Educational Foundation, 2005. Traducción de Luis F. Verano. 681 págs. Figuras, mapas, fotografías, cuadros y bibliografía. ISBN 970-32-2309-5.

US$ 30.00 (22.5 x 17 cm, en rústica)

Violent class struggles and ethnic conflict mark much of the history of Latin America, continuing in some regions even today. Perhaps the worst and most prolonged of these conflicts was the guerra de las castas or “Caste War,” an Indian rebellion that tore apart the Yucatan Peninsula for much of the nineteenth century (1847–1903). The struggle was not only ethnic, pitting indigenous peoples against a Hispanic or Hispanicized ruling class, but also economic, involving attacks by rural campesinos on plantation owners, merchants, overseers, and townspeople. The rebels met with sporadic and limited success but still managed at times to remove whole portions of the Yucatan Peninsula from state control.
     Don E. Dumond’s work is the anticipated complete history of the Caste War. Drawing on primary sources, he presents the first comprehensive description of this turbulent century of conflict in Yucatan and sets forth a carefully argued analysis of the reasons and broader social, political, and economic processes underlying the struggle.

 

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