Elmendorf, Mary L. (Mary
Nine Mayan women: a village faces change
Cambridge, Mass.: Schenkman Pub. Co., 1976. xxiv, 159 p.:
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HRAF, 2000. Computer File
Maya (Yucatán Peninsula) (NV10)
Cereal agriculture (243);
Woven and other interworked fabrics (286);
Clothing manufacture (294);
Gender status (562);
This is a very personal study of Chan Kom in the early seventies prior
to the building of the road which connected the village to the city of Merida.
It focusses on the lives of nine women, all related to the village's patriarch.
In the first part, Elmendorf provides an intimate portrait of each woman based
on loosely structured interviews. She was interested in quality of life issues
and how satisfied the women were with their lives. She relates their daily
activities, life histories, courtship, family relationships and attitudes toward
change. In the following section she analyzes the material. She discovers that
the women are indeed happy and content with their lot. They value work and share
a mutual respect with their husbands. Although the author is apprehensive about
the coming of the road, the women look forward to it. However, after the road is
built, the author returns to discover that only two of twenty unmarried women
remain in the village, the others have left to work.
Document ID: nv10-017
A revision of the author's thesis, Union Graduate
School,1972, published under title: The Mayan woman and change.
Includes bibliographical references (p.
Ian Skoggard ; 2000