Words of the True Peoples/Palabras de los Seres Verdaderos: Anthology of Contemporary Mexican…

Hardcover | May 1, 2007

EditorCarlos Montemayor, Donald Frischmann

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As part of the larger, ongoing movement throughout Latin America to reclaim non-Hispanic cultural heritages and identities, indigenous writers in Mexico are reappropriating the written word in their ancestral tongues and in Spanish. As a result, the long-marginalized, innermost feelings, needs, and worldviews of Mexico's ten to twenty million indigenous peoples are now being widely revealed to the Western societies with which these peoples coexist. To contribute to this process and serve as a bridge of intercultural communication and understanding, this groundbreaking, three-volume anthology gathers works by the leading generation of writers in thirteen Mexican indigenous languages: Nahuatl, Maya, Tzotzil, Tzeltal, Tojolabal, Tabasco Chontal, Purepecha, Sierra Zapoteco, Isthmus Zapoteco, Mazateco, Ñahñu, Totonaco, and Huichol.

Volume Three contains plays by six Mexican indigenous writers. Their plays appear first in their native language, followed by English and Spanish translations. Montemayor and Frischmann have abundantly annotated the Spanish, English, and indigenous-language texts and added glossaries and essays that introduce the work of each playwright and discuss the role of theater within indigenous communities. These supporting materials make the anthology especially accessible and interesting for nonspecialist readers seeking a greater understanding of Mexico's indigenous peoples.

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As part of the larger, ongoing movement throughout Latin America to reclaim non-Hispanic cultural heritages and identities, indigenous writers in Mexico are reappropriating the written word in their ancestral tongues and in Spanish. As a result, the long-marginalized, innermost feelings, needs, and worldviews of Mexico's ten to twenty ...

CARLOS MONTEMAYOR is an award-winning Mexican creative writer, political analyst, and expert on indigenous cultures. He is based in Mexico City.DONALD FRISCHMANN is Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and Researcher at the Universidad de las Américas-Puebla.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 11.21 × 8.7 × 0.97 inPublished:May 1, 2007Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292709560

ISBN - 13:9780292709560

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Acknowledgments/AgradecimientosAbbreviations/AbreviaturasRegarding the Indigenous Languages and Alphabets in This Volume/Acerca de los idiomas y alfabetos indígenas de este volumenTheater, Which Once Was DanceEl teatro, que alguna vez fue danza Carlos MontemayorA Question of Balance: Indigenous Theater at the Conjunction of MillenniaBuscando el equilibrio: Teatro indígena en la conjunción de milenios Donald Frischmann1. Feliciano Sánchez Chan (Mayan/maya)Keejo'obDeerVenados2. Carlos Armando Dzul Ek (Mayan/maya)Bix úuchik u bo'ot ku'si'ip'il "Manilo'ob" tu ja'abil 1562The Maní Inquisition or the Colliding of Two CulturesEl auto de fe de Maní o Choque de dos culturas3. Sna Jtz'ibajom (Tzotzil/tzotzil)Skotol ta skotolFrom All for AllDe todos para todos4. Petrona de la Cruz (Tzotzil/tzotzil)Ilbajinel xchi'uk lekilal ta tz'akalHell and HopeInfierno y esperanza5. Isabel Juárez Espinosa (Tzeltal/tzeltal)Mach' atik ya xlok'ikMigrationMigración6. Ildefonso Maya (Nahuatl/náhuatl)IxtlamatinijThe Learned OnesIxtlamatinijEnglish GlossaryGlosario españolSources of the Plays/Fuentes de las obras de teatro