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Weaving Identities

Author : Carol Hendrickson
ISBN : 9780292779440
Genre : Social Science
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Traje, the brightly colored traditional dress of the highland Maya, is the principal visual expression of indigenous identity in Guatemala today. Whether worn in beauty pageants, made for religious celebrations, or sold in tourist markets, traje is more than "mere cloth"—it plays an active role in the construction and expression of ethnicity, gender, education, politics, wealth, and nationality for Maya and non-Maya alike. Carol Hendrickson presents an ethnography of clothing focused on the traje—particularly women's traje—of Tecpán, Guatemala, a bi-ethnic community in the central highlands. She covers the period from 1980, when the recent round of violence began, to the early 1990s, when Maya revitalization efforts emerged. Using a symbolic analysis informed by political concerns, Hendrickson seeks to increase the value accorded to a subject like weaving, which is sometimes disparaged as "craft" or "women's work." She examines traje in three dimensions—as part of the enduring images of the "Indian," as an indicator of change in the human life cycle and cloth production, and as a medium for innovation and creative expression. From this study emerges a picture of highland life in which traje and the people who wear it are bound to tradition and place, yet are also actively changing and reflecting the wider world. The book will be important reading for all those interested in the contemporary Maya, the cultural analysis of material culture, and the role of women in culture preservation and change.

Textile Traditions Of Mesoamerica And The Andes

Author : Margot Blum Schevill
ISBN : 9780292787612
Genre : Art
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In this volume, anthropologists, art historians, fiber artists, and technologists come together to explore the meanings, uses, and fabrication of textiles in Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia from Precolumbian times to the present. Originally published in 1991 by Garland Publishing, the book grew out of a 1987 symposium held in conjunction with the exhibit "Costume as Communication: Ethnographic Costumes and Textiles from Middle America and the Central Andes of South America" at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University.

Clarity Cut And Culture

Author : Susan Falls
ISBN : 9781479834396
Genre : Social Science
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Images of diamonds appear everywhere in American culture. And everyone who has a diamond has a story to tell about it. Our stories about diamonds not only reveal what we do with these tiny stones, but also suggest how we create value, meaning, and identity through our interactions with material culture in general. Things become meaningful through our interactions with them, but how do people go about making meaning? What can we learn from an ethnography about the production of identity, creation of kinship, and use of diamonds in understanding selves and social relationships? By what means do people positioned within a globalized political-economy and a compelling universe of advertising interact locally with these tiny polished rocks? This book draws on 12 months of fieldwork with diamond consumers in New York City as well as an analysis of the iconic De Beers campaign that promised romance, status, and glamour to anyone who bought a diamond to show that this thematic pool is just one resource among many that diamond owners draw upon to engage with their own stones. The volume highlights the important roles that memory, context, and circumstance also play in shaping how people interpret and then use objects in making personal worlds. It shows that besides operating as subjects in an ad-burdened universe, consumers are highly creative, idiosyncratic, and theatrical agents.

Techniques Of Guatemalan Weaving

Author : Lena Bjerregaard
ISBN : UTEXAS:059173026444569
Genre : Decoration and ornament
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Guatemalan Textiles Today

Author : Marilyn Anderson
ISBN : UTEXAS:059173023557092
Genre : Artisanat textile
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Textile Museum Journal

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ISBN : UOM:39015045803981
Genre : Textile fabrics
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Feminist Collections

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ISBN : UCBK:C058726045
Genre : Feminism
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Maya Survivalism

Author : Ueli Hostettler
ISBN : 3931419061
Genre : Latin America
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Maya Cultural Activism In Guatemala

Author : Edward F. Fischer
ISBN : UVA:X004093466
Genre : History
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Essays on the pan-Maya movement by virtually all the leading U.S. experts on contemporary Maya communities and the top Maya scholars working in Guatemala.

Constructing The Woman Self

Author : Norma Natalia Carrillo
ISBN : MINN:31951P005440844
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