Insufficient land: the fortunes of the Tlatepuzcan Chinantecs of San Juan Palantla 1928-2005

Statement of Responsibility:
Merrifield, William R
Series:
Series Issue:
15
Date:
2009
Publisher:
SIL International
Publisher Place:
[Dallas]
Part Of Series:
SIL e-Books 15
Extent:
xii, 325 pages
Abstract:

This study traces the history of a small community of Chinantec speakers in Mexico over a period of eighty-five years, from 1920 to 2005. The group, known as the Tlatepuzcan Chinantec, is a subgroup of the larger Chinantec population in northeast Oaxaca. The author and his family lived and worked among them from 1955 to 1966, with many return visits following. Using official documents as well oral histories and other materials from anthropological research done during some fifty years of association with the group, Merrifield pieces together their journey from their historic homeland, San Juan Tlatepuxco, to their present town of Palantla. He focuses especially on the recurrent theme in their stories, a theme which he takes for his title, that there is "never enough room" on the land for the needs of the people and their families.

Publication Status:
Published
Country:
Mexico
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Subject:
Anthropology
Culture change
external forces
Mexico
Palantla
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Entry Number:
9240