Weaving Consciousness: Women and Indigenous Identity in Chiapas, Mexico
Thu, November 9, 2006 • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM • UTC 2.112 A
Celia Santiz, a founding member of Jolom Mayaetik, a Mayan women's weaving cooperative in Chiapas, will give a major presentation on campus, free and also open to the public.Political Context: Celia Santiz' coop, Jolom Mayaetik, carves out space in the contested lands of Chiapas where macro-economic planning attempts to pre-empt culture and rights, the Zapatista movement claims autonomy and sovereignty, and the Federal government has brought in army to exert control.Strategy: Jolom Mayaetik consciously forms "collective spaces for women that allow us to develop relationships of a more equal nature, both within our village communities and also between our communities and the larger public. Our work thus contributes to the development of a more just society."Tradition and Innovation: As weavers, Jolom researches and preservers traditional designs; they also work with a French designer on new work for new markets in Europe and the US. Traditionally village women are forced into marriage at 10 or 12. Now, Jolom leaders live in the city, outside family structures, where life is hard for them, a sacrifice they make consciously. Ms. Santiz will speak in Spanish. Her presentation, accompanied by photographic slides, will be translated into English. In addition, she will demonstrate the traditional Mayan back strap loom.