Book

Nine Mayan women: a village faces change

Schenkman Pub. Co.Cambridge, Mass. • Published In 1976 • Pages:

By: Elmendorf, Mary L. (Mary Lindsay).

Abstract
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.
Subjects
Cereal agriculture
Woven and other interworked fabrics
Clothing manufacture
Gender status
Marriage
Family
Conception
culture
Maya (Yucatán Peninsula)
HRAF PubDate
2000
Region
Middle America and the Caribbean
Sub Region
Maya Area
Document Type
Book
Evaluation
Ethnologist-4,5
Analyst
Ian Skoggard ; 2000
Coverage Date
1971-1973
Coverage Place
Chan Kom, Yucatán, Mexico
Notes
Mary Elmendorf
A revision of the author's thesis, Union Graduate School,1972, published under title: The Mayan woman and change
Includes bibliographical references (p. 156-159)
LCCN
74012464
LCSH
Mayas