Elmendorf, Mary L. (Mary Lindsay). Nine Mayan women: a village faces change

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Title: Nine Mayan women: a village faces change

Published By: Cambridge, Mass.: Schenkman Pub. Co., 1976. xxiv, 159 p.: ill.

By line: Mary Elmendorf

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Maya (Yucatán Peninsula) (NV10)

Subjects: Cereal agriculture (243); Woven and other interworked fabrics (286); Clothing manufacture (294); Gender status (562); Marriage (580); Family (590); Conception (842);

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.

Document Number: 17

Document ID: nv10-017

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: 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)

Field Date: 1971-1973

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4,5

Analyst: Ian Skoggard ; 2000

Coverage Date: 1971-1973

Coverage Place: Chan Kom, Yucatán, Mexico

LCSH: Mayas


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