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The Journey of a Tzotzil-Maya Woman of Chiapas, Mexico

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AcknowledgmentsPrologueBackground NotesNotes on the Book's Two Voices and Key TermsPeople in Antonia's LifeTime Line of Key Events Mentioned in the BookMap of Highland ChiapasPart I. Becoming a Batz'i Antz (True Woman)1. A Childhood Memory2. Parents3. Learning to Work4. School5. Making One's Soul Arrive6. Listening to the Word of God7. Courtship and Marriage8. Learning to Be a Wife9. Learning to Be a Mother10. Learning to Manage a Household11. Animals12. Water13. Working with CoffeePart II. Contesting the Status Quo, Creating a Different World1. The Time of Fire2. 19973. International Encounters4. Sons5. Daughters6. Daughters-in-Law and Grandchildren7. Cargos8. Cooperatives9. Traveling10. The International Folk Art MarketPart III. Gains and Losses, Lessons Learned1. Envy2. Suffering3. A Difficult Trip4. Faith and Love5. Exodus6. Death7. Life So FarEpilogueAfterwordAppendix A. Antonia's Words in Tzotzil, Spanish, and EnglishAppendix B. Life Histories from Chiapas and Other PlacesNotesGlossaryReferencesIndex

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Offers a vivid and nuanced picture of working for social justice while trying to remain true to people's traditions

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Christine Eber is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at New Mexico State University. Her previous books include Women and Alcohol in a Highland Maya Town: Water of Hope, Water of Sorrow and Women of Chiapas: Making History in Times of Struggle and Hope (coedited with Christine Kovic).


"The text is accompanied by a photograph of Antonia at an airport looking out a window toward the runway, her head slightly cocked to the side as if she were contemplating the deep divide between the two coun- tries. Eber writes about this moment with heartfelt clarity, describing the sadness and foreignness that Antonia felt during her stay in the United States."--Latin American Perspectives

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