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Since the beginning of the twentieth century, the town of San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Guatemala, has been incorporated into transnational movements of people, commodities, and ideas through tourism, development, and religious evangelism. The Kaqchikel Mayas living there have long looked outward from their community as they embraced, ignored, or criticized these global flows. Contemporary Kaqchikel Mayas have incorporated these global flows into the organization and maintenance of their households, while giving them a local interpretation. Some families have made their homes a place to enact their culture through exhibitions and performances for tourists. Such performances are indicative of the strategies increasingly used by Kaqchikel women, where the private household/ domestic sphere becomes public and also part of the global. These enactments have changed the economic and social organization of the household in terms of gender relations.


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This is the Publisher’s PDF of the following article made available by the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Anthropology: Little, Walter E. 2000. "HOME AS A PLACE OF EXHIBITION AND PERFORMANCE: MAYAN HOUSEHOLD TRANSFORMATIONS IN GUATEMALA." Ethnology 39, no. 2: 163. doi: 10.2307/3773842



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