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Unstoppable Clamor: The Re-Construction of a Mayan World in Chiapas
by Soto, Silvia, Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2015, 261; 3706685
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation engages in a post 1994 analysis of the Mayan world in Chiapas through a dialogue with and between Zapatismo and knowledge systems of Indigenous Mayan peoples. The EZLN insurgency drew the attention of the world to the conditions of Indigenous peoples of Chiapas, Mexico on New Years' eve 1994, when they declared war to the Mexican Army and occupied seven main towns in the state. Mayan intellectuals were at this time already engaged in the re-claiming process of Mayan knowledge systems and re-constructing their relation to their world. These seemingly different movements following different directions share what I claim to be one vision: the re-emergence and reconstruction of a Mayan world and worldview in Chiapas.

For years, Mayan peoples have engaged in this process of reconstruction through non-linear and indefinite actions. Following a theoretical framework that anchors these stories to place and time and drawing out the complimentary and disparate aspects of the EZLN and the work of Mayan intellectuals I suggest the concept of caracoleando to understand the process. Caracoleando enables us to see the process the EZLN and Mayan intellectuals have followed that connects past, present and future through which they rescue, restore, and reconstruct their world and worldview.

The Mayan voices that emerge in this dissertation are part of an ongoing conversation with the literary production of Indigenous activists and scholars and non-Indigenous allies from other parts of Mexico, the United States, Canada and Guatemala. This hemispheric approach to Native American Studies guided my engagement in this conversation and grounded it to Indigenous knowledge systems. This dissertation contributes to the continuing production of comparative work; moreover, it shapes new directions and methodologies for "trans-indigenous" literary studies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hernandez-Avila, Ines
Commitee: Ng'weno, Bettina, Varese, Stefano
School: University of California, Davis
Department: Native American Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 76/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Latin American literature, Cultural anthropology, Native American studies
Keywords: Indigenous epistemologies, Indigenous languages, Indigenous literatures, Mayan peoples of chiapas, Self-representation, Zapatismo
Publication Number: 3706685
ISBN: 978-1-321-80738-7
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