The Historical Roots of Indigenous Struggle in Chiapas

Lynn Stephen

in Zapata Lives!

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520222373
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927643 | DOI:
The Historical Roots of Indigenous Struggle in Chiapas

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This chapter studies the loss of land that indigenous peoples suffered, along with the systems of indebted servitude that emerged in many communities in eastern Chiapas. It focuses on the Tojolabal population, and presents a comparison of some highland Tzotzil events and examples. The chapter also shows that a previous indigenous rebellion served as a way to understand how land struggles, religious currents, independent peasant organizations, and a historical narrative of “the times of slavery” were important factors in how Zapatismo came together in some communities within the Lacandon jungle.

Keywords: loss of land; indigenous peoples; indebted servitude; Tojolabal population; indigenous rebellion; land struggles; religious currents; independent peasant organizations; historical narrative

Chapter.  4951 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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