Department of Anthropology

"Weaving Consciousness: Women and Indigenous Identity in Chiapas, Mexico"

Thu, November 9, 2006 | UTC 2.112A

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

"Weaving Consciousness: Women and Indigenous Identity in Chiapas, Mexico"

Thursday, November 9th, 7-9pm, UTC 2.112A (University Teaching Center, next to the Perry Castaneda Library, University of Texas, 21st street)

Celia Santiz Ruiz is a Tzotzil and Spanish-speaking indigenous woman from the tiny community of Bayalemo', in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. She is also a founding member of Jolom Mayaetik (Mayan Women Weavers), in San Cristobal, Chiapas. The cooperative is 10 years old.

Facilitated by a Spanish/English translator, and illustrating her talk with a slide show, Ms. Santiz will cover these topics:

- A personal and general account of the life of a traditional Mayan woman.

- Her own experience in departing from the traditional pattern: gender, family, political/leadership roles.

- Life changes: an historical view of her generation in the Mayan areas of Chiapas.

- Influence of her mother's generation: the movement for indigenous women's rights, growing along side, within and without the Zapatista movement, military and para-military intrusion,and macro-economic development plans.

- Jolom Mayaetik - a Mayan women's weaving cooperative: what it means internally to members; how they seek external relations; the meaning for equality and social justice.

- Jolom Mayaetik - Economics and independence and the idea of choice for Mayan women and of "moving ahead."

- Jolom Mayaetik - Craft and the preservation of tradition.

- The presentation will then open to questions and discussion. Ms. Santiz is a weaver. She will bring a back-strap loom and demonstrate its use.

Sponsored by: Ms. Santiz's visit has been made possible by Center for Women's and Gender Studies, College of Liberal Arts, Gender and Sexuality Center,The Humanities Institute, Lozano Long Institute for Latin Ameri

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