In 1983, a group of citizens in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, formed Sna Jtz'ibajom, the Tzotzil-Tzeltal Maya writers' cooperative. In the two decades since, this group has evolved from writing and publishing bilingual booklets to writing and performing plays that have earned them national and international renown.
Anthropologist Robert M. Laughlin has been a part of the group since its beginnings, and he offers a unique perspective on its development as a Mayan cultural force. The Monkey Business Theatre, or Teatro Lo'il Maxil, as this branch of Sna Jtz'ibajom calls itself, has presented plays in virtually every corner of the state of Chiapas, as well as in Mexico City, Guatemala, Honduras, Canada, and in many museums and universities in the United States. It has presented to the world, for the first time in drama, a view of the culture of the Mayas of Chiapas.
In this work, Laughlin presents a translation of twelve of the plays created by Sna Jtz'ibajom, along with an introduction for each. Half of the plays are based on myths and half on the social, political, and economic problems that have confronted—and continue to confront—the Mayas of Chiapas.
Foreword: The Visitors' Question by Carter Wilson Preface: Recollections of a Ghost by Ralph Lee Acknowledgments Pronunciation and Translation 1. Looking Back, Looking Forward: In the Beginning 2. Febrero Loco: A Live Theatre in the Making 3. The Theatre on the Road: The Great Adventure 4. Personal and Social Impacts 5. The Immokalee Special: Social Action in Florida 6. The Future The Plays The Loafer and the Buzzard Who Believes in Spooks? Deadly Inheritance Jaguar Dynasty Let's Go to Paradise! From All for All Torches for a New Dawn The Story of Our Roots Workers in the Other World When Corn Was Born Mexico with Us Forever! The World Turned on Its Head Appendix 1: Individuals Referred to in the Text Appendix 2: Members and Former Members of Sna Jtz'ibajom Appendix 3: Length of Service Glossary Bibliography Index
Series: The Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 351
Published: 16th May 2012
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.71