Since i keep getting questions on, if the Mayans were only found in mexico. Here’s a visual, these were the regions of the Maya people.
you mean where Maya peoples were, or where Maya peoples are?
Above is an English version of a map produced with the Academia de Lenguas Mayas in Guatemala, there are also maps for Mexico and Belize (and there should be for El Salvador and Honduras).
I know settler colonial logics keep telling us Maya peoples are in the past, but Maya peoples are also in the present. And the future.
In Guatemala alone, there are 21 legally recognized living Maya peoples, as well as the non-Maya indigenous Xinca and the [non-Maya indigenous] African Diaspora Garífuna.
The Garifuna are also a Native American indigenous peoples, as well as being part of the African diaspora. Please do not neglect to mention this, as erasure of their American indigeneity is one of the tactics actively implemented by the Latin American governments such as Honduras to displace them from the lands that they have been inhabiting for hundreds of years. They are one of several groups from the Caribbean, and their language is one of the Maipurean language family.
Seems like I was unclear about this in the first round? (bolded the important part in commentary and my edit above)
The reason why I mentioned the Xinca and Garífuna peoples is because it is common in Guatemala to assume that “indigenous” means “Maya.” That is wrong.
The Guatemalan constitution recognizes both Xinca and Garífuna as indigenous peoples. (They are not Maya, but they are indigenous.)
This is important because:
1) Amongst the 21 different Maya peoples that the state recognizes (so, highly political), they speak different languages, have different religious practices and really different ontologies. You really can’t know much about Q’eqchi’ territoriality by reading the *many* ethnographies on K’iche’s* or Kaqchikels. So “Maya” can sometimes just mean “indigenous Other,” or it can be a way for people to forge solidarities. Sometimes it’s both.
2) Guatemala is a signatory to ILO 169, so the Xinca, Garífuna, and each of the 21 Maya peoples have legal rights to territorial autonomy. (de jure at least; de facto not so much)
*I think maybe Irma Alicia Velázquez Nimatuj (who is K’iche’) may spell this with two e’s at the end? I’m not sure, so I’m just going with the Academia de Lenguas Mayas, but let me know….
Can we also talk about the ”indigenous diaspora” that exists in the US?
“It’s no accident these communities are suffering,” said Beaman, with California Rural Legal Assistance. “It comes with being 97 percent Latino, 50 percent undocumented and 100 percent working class. It’s a snapshot of how certain categories of people are forced to live differently based on their perceived power.”
Widespread panic about park closures prompted thousands of residents, including many indigenous native-speaking Purépecha people from the highlands of Michoacán in Mexico, to move their trailers onto sovereign tribal land, away from code enforcers as well as U.S. immigration agents.
The denouement was the housing apocalypse known as Duroville, a postcard of squalor and lawlessness in which packs of wild dogs roamed muddy alleyways and raw sewage puddled along Michael Street, Marylou Avenue and other byways named for owner Harvey Duro’s family.
“Baseball is an important element of Mayan culture,” says Alberto Perez, director of Asociación MAYAB, a Bay Area Yucatec Maya organization. It’s a culture that is becoming increasingly visible in the United States, where hundreds of thousands of Mayas now live.
Baseball, says Perez, provides a way for Maya immigrants in the U.S. to stay connected with community, display cultural pride and establish their unique place within the Latino Diaspora. “It is almost like an underground movement.”
Today, a growing but untold number of Yucateco baseball teams are scattered across the state of California – there are even whole leagues here whose rosters are mostly made up of Yucatecos.”Baseball is an important element of Mayan culture,” says Alberto Perez, director of Asociación MAYAB, a Bay Area Yucatec Maya organization.
Just reading about the lengths Chinese people went to to gain entry to the United States during the period of their exclusion - apparently there was a Chinese Mexican called Jose Chang who made a good living helping Chinese people “pass” as Mexicans. It’s really fascinating how people found ways of circumventing these absurd rules over human movement… also says a lot that the immigration officials apparently found it “impossible” to tell the difference between Chinese people and Mexicans. Mexican immigration into the US was fundamentally unrestricted at this time, but there was mass hysteria over Chinese immigration, even though Chinese labour was in massive demand and businesses were complaining that they had to turn down contracts because they could get enough Chinese workers. Goes to show how the interests of the racist state and capital don’t always align.
source: Erika Lee, At America’s gates: Chinese immigration during the exclusion era
11 de Agosto, 2012: Mexico vence a Brasil 2 - 1 en el final de futbol de las Olimpiadas de Londres.