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Novels

BY GASPAR PEDRO GONZÁLEZ:

LA OTRA CARA (Spanish)
A MAYAN LIFE (English)

A testimonial novel about the life and culture of a Q'anjob'al Maya in his home community and his experiences of Maya-Mestizo interactions. Originally written and Q'anjob'al and Spanish, and translated into English by Elaine Elliot.

$13.00

RETURN OF THE MAYA (English)
RETORNO DE LOS MAYAS
(Spanish)

This is the second novel by Gaspar Pedre González, the distinguished Q'anjob'al Maya novelist and poet. This is the story of the return of a Maya refugee to Guatemala as he reminisces on the painful journey to exile in Mexico, and the tragic circumstances that led to this sad exodus. The protagonist, Meb'ixh ('the orphan'), reflects on his experiences as he analyzes them and raises important questions for the future of Guatemala. Translated by Susan Giersbach Rascón with assistance from Fernando Penalosa and Janet Sawyer.

173 pp. 2000 ISBN 1-886502-25-0 (English Edition)
167 pp. 2000 ISBN 1-886502-31-5 (Spanish Edition)
$13.00
(specify which language edition)

BY VÍCTOR D. MONTEJO:

MR. PUTTISON'S ADVENTURES AMONG THE MAYA (English)
LAS AVENTURAS DE MISTER PUTTISON ENTRE LOS MAYAS (Spanish)

A historical and satirical novel whose principal character is an American adventurer who suddenly turns up in a Maya community in the highlands of western Guatemala. Apart from the impact that he causes in the community by his strange customs and his very presence, the stranger also learns the customs and the traditions that maintain the unity of the community of Yulwitz. Lighthearted in tone, this novel nonetheless reflects some of the most serious concerns of Mayas in recent decades, and gives us a unique insight into their culture. Translation by Susan Giersbach Rascón and Fernando Peñalosa.

182 pp. 2002 $12.00 (specify which language edition)
ISBN 1-886502-38-2

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Stories and Tales

TALES AND LEGENDS OF THE Q'ANJOB'AL MAYA (in English translation) $10.00

This story collection provides leisure reading as well as insight into traditional Mayan culture. Representing three different Mayan language areas, this small book is suitable as textbooks for English courses or as cultural references for those working with Mayan communities in the United States or with Guatemalan adoptive children.

THE TOWN OF THE SILENT PEOPLE, AND OTHER STORIES
by Norma Rosa García Mainieri

The short stories of this well-known Guatemalan historian and writer, who also wrote under the pen name Isabel Garma, are based on painful passages from Guatemalan history. Her characters struggle to preserve their memories much as their creator fought to preserve their place in history and to help her country regain its memory. Her work has been widely anthologized and translated into several languages, but this is its first appearance in English. The collection primarily includes translations from her books Cuentos de muerte y resurrección (Stories of Death and Resurrection) and El hoyito del perraje (The Hole in the Blanket). Her stories bear witness to the suffering and the courage of those whose identity is defined by their commitment to a cause, of those who refuse to forget. The stories remind us of just how interconnected we all are.
Translated by Susan G. Rascón.

100 pp. 2001 $10.00
ISBN 1-886502-37-4

EL PÁJARO QUE LIMPIA EL MUNDO (bilingual)
by Víctor D. Montejo

$12.00

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Literary Analysis

THE MAYAN FOLKTALE: AN INTRODUCTION / EL CUENTO POPULAR MAYA: UNA INTRODUCCIÓN

Based on the Aarne-Thompson folktale classification system, this typology expands on the original to include tale types and subtypes specific to the Mesoamerican tradition. Indexes published versions of Mayan tales in existence at date of preparation. Absolutely indispensable resource for students and scholars of Mayan oral tradition. Available in both English and Spanish editions.
$10.00

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Non-Fiction by Maya and non-Maya Writers

EL TIEMPO Y LOS MAYAS DEL ALTIPLANO(Spanish)
By Barbara Tedlock

A translation by Dr. Fernando Peñalosa of Dr. Tedlock's  well-known work "Time and the Highland Maya" (1982,1992), a study of Mayan religion, the calendar, astronomy and the work of Maya ajq'ij (priests) in Momostenango, Guatemala.
$12.00 (sale)

THE CLOTHING OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN FROM SUMPANGO GUATEMALA / VESTIMENTA INDÍGENA FEMENINA SUMPAGUERA
BY GORRIÓN CHUPAFLOR AND YAX TE'

Our most recent publication! An English re-edition of a work published by the group of Kaqchikel artists and investigators known as Gorrión Chupaflor in Sumpango who researched the techniques and meanings of traditional clothing in their community. Filled with details about age-related clothing traditions. Fully illustrated.

44 pages 2006 $8.00
ISBN 1-886502-64-1

 

ESTUDIOS Q'EQCHI'ES: ETNÓGRAFOS ALEMANES EN LAS VERAPACES
By Karl Sapper, Eduard Seler and Franz Termer

Contains the following articles, translated from German: Eduard Seler, Antigüedades de Cobán; Karl Sapper, Alimentos y bebidas de los q'eqchi'es; Karl Sapper, Fray Bartolomé de las Casas y la Verapaz; Franz Termer, La importancia de los pipiles para la cultura de Guatemala; Karl Sapper, Las costumbres y creencias religiosas de los q'eqchi'es. Spanish translation by Fernando Peñalosa.

62 pp. 1998 $5.00
ISBN 1-886502-20-X

ESTRUCTURA SOCIAL Y POLÍTICA JAKALTEKA
By Juvenal Casaverde

Casaverde, a Peruvian anthropologist, describes the origin and development of the social and political structures of the Jakaltec region of Guatemala. He considers the relationship between the Mayan and the colonial systems, cultural identity, and the influence of religion during the early 1970's in Jacaltenango.
$6.00 (sale)

DICCIONARIO AKATEKO-ESPANOL (PLFM)
$15.00

ARTES Y ARTESANÍAS MAYAS DE GUATEMALA Edición novolingüe
By Marilyn Anderson

Drawings illustrating a range of the traditional arts and crafts of Mayas in Guatemala today: weaving, fiber arts, pottery, woodwork, and 26 others, with explanations. This instructive work of art for all ages is by a well-known activist, artist, and photographer. With captions in Spanish and facing page translations in Achi, Kaqchikel, K'ichee', Popti', Poqomam, Q'anjob'al, Q'eqchi' and Tz'utujil. 2nd edition, revised by native speakers of all eight Mayan languages.

64 pp. 8 1/2 x 11 inches 2001 $11.00
ISBN 1-886502-30-7

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