The Mayans among Us is an easy‐to‐read, well‐organized book that attempts to give voice to the Maya women working in the meatpacking plants of Nebraska. It is mostly an account of the hope that immigrants—in this case, indigenous Maya women associated with the meatpacking industry either directly or through their husbands—hold onto in an effort to give their children a better future. All of those with whom the authors spoke, whether immigrant or local, were sure to express their desire for an improved future. As per the authors’ statements, this book highlights the efforts and contributions made by Maya women to the U.S. society and, probably more importantly, to break the invisibility in which they live. This work is composed of interviews of five indigenous women and one ladino man living in Nebraska's urban areas and working in the meatpacking industry. The authors hope that these testimonies will “help build a common understanding, leading to change and improving the situation that Guatemalan Mayan immigrants face” both in the United States and their communities of origin (xxi). Chapters describe the before and after migration realities (i.e., poverty, children left behind, the war, new life in the United States as workers
Journal of Latin American & Caribbean Anthropology – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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