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Mayan woman at Market, Chichicastenango (from Mayan Worlds).

Mayan woman at Market
Chichicastenango, Guatemala
Mayan Worlds

Woman of Chamula

14 min., 1969, VC 128




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"Shows the life of a Mexican Indian family in Chiapas where the Indians live in much the same way as did their Mayan ancestors a thousand years ago. It describes the mother of the family and her activities in the home."

Terms / Concepts:
  • milpa


    • subsistence

      • maize [aka "corn"] (tortillas . . .)
      • metate and mano
      • cooking (fire and tin sheets)
      • tumpline
        • wheels on toys

    • "cash" crop

      • flowers (gladiolus)

  • markets

    • tiangus
    • daily regional (capital)
    • gathering (gossip - news) + information
    • sales / trade

  • washing done in stream

    • gossip
    • news
    • companionship

  • weaving

    • chamara (tunic)
    • regional clothing patterns

  • house

    • sleeping platforms
  • Chamula ---> San Cristobal de las Casas ---> Tuxtla ---> Chiapas ---> DF

  • identity

    • *Maria ---> Chamula ---> Mayan ---> Indian ---> Mexican

  • values

    • children

      • cultural focus

    • "linear time" (clock time) not important

      • "Indian time"
      • time does not equal money

    • indifferent to wealth

    • love of simplicity

    • frequent festivals ("cargo" system)

    • importance of community

      • face-to-face interrelations important
      • cooperation important
      • reciprocity practiced
      • mutual support
      • etc.

    • love of nature

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