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Indigenous CosmolecticsKab'awil and the Making of Maya and Zapotec Literatures$
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Gloria Elizabeth Chacón

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469636795

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636795.001.0001

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Literacy and Power in Mesoamerica

Literacy and Power in Mesoamerica

(p.25) Chapter One Literacy and Power in Mesoamerica
Indigenous Cosmolectics

Gloria Elizabeth Chacón

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter 1 explores Maya and Zapotec systems of communication and contradictory colonial representations about Mesoamerican writing. It argues that writing and power were already interrelated in Mesoamerican indigenous communities so that the attribution of orality to indigenous peoples disavows the key role of pre-Columbian writing. It ends by discussing indigenous colonial texts as well as poetry framed through a double optic or kab’awil by foundational Maya and Zapotec authors such as Gaspar Pedro González, Macario Matus, and Victor de la Cruz.

Keywords:   Gaspar Pedro González, Macario Matus, Victor de la Cruz, Maya, Zapotec, systems of communication, colonial representations, Mesoamerican writing, indigenous colonial texts, kab’awil

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