Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese


Lecture by Víctor Montejo

Tue, April 12, 2011 | BEN 2.104

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Víctor Montejo Victor Montejo is a Jakaltek Maya originally from Guatemala. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1993 from the University of Connecticut, USA. Victor Montejo is currently a Professor of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis.

From 2004-2008, Dr. Montejo won a seat in the Guatemalan national Congress. From this post he was named Minister of Peace during of the Presidency of Lic. Oscar Berger, and worked out the National Program for Reparation to the victims of the Armed conflict in Guatemala.  He was president of the Congressional Commission of Indigenous People. As a Congressman he created passed the law of the National Day of Indigenous People of Guatemala, and proposed the Law Initiative: Ley de Consulta a Pueblos Indigenas.

Victor Montejo is a national and international recognized author and his major publications includes: Testimony: Death of a Guatemalan Village (1987). Voices from Exile: Violence and Survival in Modern Maya History (1999); Maya Intellectual Renaissance: Critical Essays on Identity, Representation, and Leadership. Austin: University of Texas Press (2003); Popol Vuh: Sacred Book of the Mayas (1999); Q’anil: man of Lightning, University of Arizona Press (2002).

Sponsored by: The Department of Spanish and Portuguese, LLILAS & Indigenous Studies Initiative

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