Enclosed: Conservation, Cattle, and Commerce Among the by Liza Grandia

By Liza Grandia

This impassioned and rigorous research of the territorial plight of the Q'eqchi Maya of Guatemala highlights an pressing challenge for indigenous groups worldwide - repeated displacement from their lands. Liza Grandia makes use of the instruments of ethnography, heritage, cartography, and ecology to discover the ordinary enclosures of Guatemala's moment biggest indigenous workforce, who quantity 1000000 powerful. Having misplaced so much in their highland territory to overseas espresso planters on the finish of the nineteenth century, Q'eqchi' humans all started migrating into the lowland forests of northern Guatemala and southern Belize. Then, driven deeper into the frontier through farm animals ranchers, lowland Q'eqchi' came across themselves in clash with biodiversity conservationists who confirmed safe components throughout this area in the course of the 1990s.

The lowland, maize-growing Q'eqchi' of the twenty first century face much more difficulties as they're swept into international markets during the Dominican Republic-Central the United States unfastened alternate contract (DR-CAFTA) and the Puebla to Panama Plan (PPP). The waves of dispossession imposed upon them, pushed through encroaching espresso plantations, livestock ranches, and guarded components, have unsettled those agrarian humans. Enclosed describes how they've got confronted and survived their demanding situations and, in doing so, is helping to give an explanation for what's taking place in different modern enclosures of public "common" area.

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Jones 1997; Schackt 1986; Wainwright 2008; Wilk 1987, 1997; and C. ), this cross-cultural comparison was critical for my conclusions about Guatemala. Working in collaboration with the Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management (SATIIM), a Q’eqchi’ conservation NGO, between November 2003 and April 2004, I carried out a study on traditional environmental knowledge among the elders of four Q’eqchi’ communities bordering the Sarstoon Temash National Park, staying longest in Jaguarwood, the village profiled in Introduction 25 this book.

Second, like the descendants of so many other Q’eqchi’ people displaced in the late nineteenth-century liberal reforms, Don Vicente was born into grinding poverty on a German coffee plantation but fled into the northern lowland forests and managed to claim land in Rockridge through the colonization process. Third, the Cuc’s family’s recent tragedies illustrate how Q’eqchi’ people have been inadvertently caught in broader disputes over who shall control Guatemala’s last frontier in a new age of neoliberalism.

In addition to thousands of meetings and informal conversations with conservation and development professionals during my years of NGO work, I formally interviewed as an anthropologist more than a hundred people in the agrarian sector and explored government and NGO archives in many different cities. Although town research was illuminating, my first anthropology mentor, Norman Schwartz, long ago encouraged me to maximize my time in the villages, because it was something so few ethnographers actually did.

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