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Whilst Mayan leaders protested the occasion of the Quincentenary of the "discovery" of the United States and joined with different indigenous teams within the Americas to proclaim another occasion of 500 years of resistance, they rose to nationwide prominence in Guatemala. This was once attainable partially end result of the cultural, political, fiscal, and non secular revitalization that happened in Mayan groups within the later half the 20th century. one other results of the revitalization used to be Mayan scholars' enrollment in graduate courses so one can reclaim the highbrow historical past of the intense Mayan previous. Victor Montejo was once a type of scholars. this can be the 1st publication to be released outdoor of Guatemala the place a Mayan author except Rigoberta Menchu discusses the background and difficulties of the rustic. It collects essays Montejo has written over the last ten years that handle 3 serious matters dealing with Mayan peoples this present day: identification, illustration, and Mayan management. Montejo is deeply invested in furthering the dialogue of the effectiveness of Mayan management simply because he believes that self-evaluation is critical for the stream to boost. He additionally criticizes the racist remedy that Mayans event, and advocates for the development of a extra pluralistic Guatemala that acknowledges cultural range and abandons assimilation. This quantity maps a brand new political replacement for the way forward for the stream that promotes inter-ethnic collaboration along a reverence for Mayan tradition.

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