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Searching for Ch′orti′ Maya Indigenousness in Contemporary Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

Brent E. Metz

in The Ch′orti′ Maya Area

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033310
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039527 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813033310.003.0012
Searching for Ch′orti′ Maya Indigenousness in Contemporary Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

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This chapter examines traces of Ch'orti' Maya indigenousness in contemporary El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. In all three countries a common hierarchy of factors marks indigenousness, including language, dress, phenotype, self-identity, and a rustic campesino lifestyle, each of which has its own continuum. It also discusses observations about Ch'orti' ethnicity and indigenousness including those in matters of political, economic, and social life.

Keywords: Ch'orti' Maya; indigenousness; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; self-identity; campesino lifestyle; ethnicity

Chapter.  4782 words. 

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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