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U nojil a ch'i'ibal: Briceida Cuevas Cob's Poetic Empowerment of Yucatec Maya Women

U nojil a ch'i'ibal: Briceida Cuevas Cob's Poetic Empowerment of Yucatec Maya Women U nojil a ch’i’ibal Briceida Cuevas Cob’s Poetic Empowerment of Yucatec Maya Women Hannah Palmer Introduction In her recent book Revealing Rebellion in Abiayala, Hannah Burdette proposes a unifying framework to understand the interactions between Indigenous literatures and social movements across the Western Hemi- sphere. Her analysis suggests that writing serves a dual function for Native political struggles: on one hand, Indigenous texts make visible (visibilizar) ways of knowing and being erased by colonial violence. On the other, these works envision (visualizar) Indigenous moder- nities outside of and alternative to the logic of coloniality/modernity (6). The interplay between recording and creating Indigenous realities transforms literature into a potent space for “critical revitalization,” the remaking of tradition to meet contemporary demands (9). The emer- gence of “new and unexpected ways of being indigenous” in the writings of Native peoples prefigures transformations within their communities as well as outside of them (4). This transformative power makes literature a dynamic tool to inter- rupt engrained practices of discrimination. As Bolivian Aymara activ- ist Julieta Paredes asserts, Indigenous communities are not now, nor were they ever, free from systems of social violence, especially against women. Rather, she affirms that Indigenous women today suffer http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Studies in American Indian Literatures University of Nebraska Press

U nojil a ch'i'ibal: Briceida Cuevas Cob's Poetic Empowerment of Yucatec Maya Women

Studies in American Indian Literatures , Volume 32 (1) – Sep 11, 2020

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U nojil a ch’i’ibal Briceida Cuevas Cob’s Poetic Empowerment of Yucatec Maya Women Hannah Palmer Introduction In her recent book Revealing Rebellion in Abiayala, Hannah Burdette proposes a unifying framework to understand the interactions between Indigenous literatures and social movements across the Western Hemi- sphere. Her analysis suggests that writing serves a dual function for Native political struggles: on one hand, Indigenous texts make visible (visibilizar) ways of knowing and being erased by colonial violence. On the other, these works envision (visualizar) Indigenous moder- nities outside of and alternative to the logic of coloniality/modernity (6). The interplay between recording and creating Indigenous realities transforms literature into a potent space for “critical revitalization,” the remaking of tradition to meet contemporary demands (9). The emer- gence of “new and unexpected ways of being indigenous” in the writings of Native peoples prefigures transformations within their communities as well as outside of them (4). This transformative power makes literature a dynamic tool to inter- rupt engrained practices of discrimination. As Bolivian Aymara activ- ist Julieta Paredes asserts, Indigenous communities are not now, nor were they ever, free from systems of social violence, especially against women. Rather, she affirms that Indigenous women today suffer

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Studies in American Indian LiteraturesUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Sep 11, 2020

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