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In Guatemala’s national hierarchy of towns, Patzu´ n is a pueblo (town) of the second order, whereas Tecpa´ n enjoys the honorary status of ciudad (city). ’’ Guatemala’s Instituto Nacional de Estadı´stica (INE) calculates the 1994 population of the entire municipality of Tecpa´ n at 41,152 and that of Patzu´ n at 32,563, both representing substantial yet unexplained drops from INE’s own 1990 estimates (INE 1991, 1996). 9% Indian). 3 percent of Tecpanecos claimed Indian identity. This variation may be partly explained by the permeability of the categories ‘‘Indian’’ and ‘‘ladino’’; so fluid are the categories that certain individuals are able to ‘‘pass’’ in either one, depending on social circumstances and contextually defined self-interest (cf.
It is estimated that 85 percent of the town’s structures were damaged and over three hundred residents killed. 4). It is said that the facade and outer walls of the church alone survived, rising up from among the rubble to provide a landmark from which to gain one’s bearings. Some explain the resilience of the church building by recounting a story of its construction. It is said that when the church was first built, one Maya artisan was buried alive in each of its four corners. Akin to the Classic Maya earth gods who hold up the four corners of the earth, the unfortunate workers interred in the church support the structure pg 36 # 6 Name /T1732/T1732_CH02 08/22/01 06:15AM Plate # 0-Composite Tecpa´ n after the 1976 earthquake.
Thus, the past is seen as ‘‘the past’’ only insofar as it lives at the moment, and the new makes sense only insofar as it relates to, builds on, or contrasts with the old or traditional. ) As Hendrickson suggests, cultural actors’ self-interests and the ways they see fit to pursue them are variably conceived in relation to received cultural forms and normative patterns. It is useful here to recall Pierre Bourdieu’s discussion of the containing nature of the doxa, which he defines as ‘‘the aggregate of the ‘choices’ whose subject is everyone and no one because the questions they answer cannot be explicitly asked’’ (1977 : 168).
Uses of Plants by the Indians of the Missouri River Region by Melvin R. Gilmore