’Survivors’ strategies: Maya women's organisations, a documentary in a pandemic context’
Miralles Terán De Wilkin, M.G. 2021. ’Survivors’ strategies: Maya women's organisations, a documentary in a pandemic context’.
|Authors||Miralles Terán De Wilkin, M.G.|
The leading roles of Maya women in social organisations during and after the Guatemalan civil war (1960-1997) was not fortuitous, many of them were the only survivors of massacres. These organisations have evolved in different ways, Maya K’iche’ sociologist Gladys Tzul Tzul, explained how communal survival strategies in times of war had been successfully used for the Covid-19 pandemic. To gain a fuller understanding of Maya women, we need to look beyond economic discrimination in relation to their knowledge, world-views and philosophies. These will unable us to to learn from these organisational and communication strategies, which differ from Western individualism.
With this in mind, for research to be truly collaborative, participatory and ethical, it needs to recognise the agency of the participants. Yet this cannot be exempt of conflict, as the decolonisation theorist Rivera Cusicanqui, concludes: ‘Every difference reproduces itself from the depths of the past and relates with the others in a contentious way.’ The introduction of a strong network of collaborators in the field: leaders of organisations, local specialists and individuals, will enable the emergence of new methodology using Maya strategies to communicate at a distance in a collective and polyphonic documentary.
|Keywords||Maya; Decolonisation; Post-memory; Cultural resistance; Indigenous communal organisations; Femisnism|
|Conference||Royal Anthropological Institute RAI Film Festival Conference 2021- online|
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|Deposited||11 Nov 2021|
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