The anthology La otra palabra addresses how Maya women are affected by the increasing political violence in Chiapas that is directed at Maya peasants, especially members of the Zapatist guerrilleros. The immediate motivation for the volume was the massacre in Acteal in the Tzotzil municipality San Pedro Chenalhó, where 45 Maya political refugees, mainly women and children, were killed on December 22, 1997. Executed by paramilitary villagers with logistic support from both the police and the military, the massacre gained vast national and international attention and condemnation.

The volume’s authors are eight women, the majority anthropologists, who all have personal experience of political work with Maya women. Written in frustration and anger during the first couple of months after the massacre, the volume is a combination of analysis and fierce denunciation of the political climate in which the massacre could happen. It should...

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