Betsy Konefal ç 7 eviewIn 1978 a Maya community ueen stood on a stage to protest a massacre of indigenous campesinos at the hands of the Guatemalan state She spoke graphically to the dead and to the living alike Brothers of Panzs your blood is in our throatsGiven the context her message might come as a Panzs your blood is in our throatsGiven the context her message might come as a A Lifting revolutionary insurgency in the late 1970s was being met by brutal state efforts to defeat it efforts directed not only at the guerrilla armies but also ateform movements of all kinds Yet the young woman just ONE OF MANY ACROSS THE of many Mayas across the voicing dema. Nds for change Over The Of The course the Mayas argued for economic cultural and
justice for the indigenous Many became Mathruhridayam radicalized by state violence against Maya communities that sooneached the level of genocideScholars have disagreed about Maya participation in Guatemala's civil war and the development of oppositional activism by Mayas during the war is poorly understood Betsy Konefal explores this history in detail examining the oots and diversity of Maya organizing and its place in the unfolding conflict She traces debates abo. ,Political Justice For The Indigenous
Ut ethnicity class and The House That Had Enough revolution and examines how some Mayas became involved in opposition to aepressive state She looks closely at the development of connections between cultural events like ueen pageants and The Devil's Snake Curve: A Fan's Notes From Left Field radical demands for change and follows the uneasyelationships that developed between Maya evolutionaries and their Ladino counterparts Konefal makes it clear that activist Mayas were not bystanders in the transformations that preceded AND ACCOMPANIED GUATEMALA'S CIVIL WAR ACTIVISM accompanied Guatemala's civil war activism Mayas helped shape the war and the war shaped Maya activi.