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By S Ashley Kistler

As cultural mediators, Chamelco's industry ladies supply a version of latest Q'eqchi' id grounded within the power of the Maya historic legacy. Guatemala's Maya groups have confronted approximately years of continuing demanding situations to their tradition, from colonial oppression to the instability of violent army dictatorships and the appearance of recent worldwide applied sciences. on the other hand heritage, the folks of San Juan Chamelco, Guatemala, have successfully resisted major adjustments to their cultural identities. Chamelco citizens embody new applied sciences, rules, and assets to reinforce their indigenous identities and keep Maya perform within the twenty first century, a resilience that units Chamelco except different Maya towns.Unlike the region's different indigenous girls, Chamelco's Q'eqchi' marketplace girls in achieving either prominence and visibility as owners, dominating social domain names from faith to neighborhood politics. those girls honor their households' legacies via continuation of the inherited, high-status advertising alternate. In Maya industry girls, S. Ashley Kistler describes how marketplace ladies achieve social status as mediators of occasionally conflicting realities, harnessing the forces of world capitalism to revitalize Chamelco's indigenous identification. operating on the intersections of globalization, kinship, gender, and reminiscence, Kistler provides a firsthand examine Maya markets as a site within which the values of capitalism and indigenous groups meet.

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