To Be or Not to Be: An Exploration of the Performance of Identity in Guatemala



Shaw, Erin

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This thesis analyzes the ways in which identity is used in Guatemala by both the Maya and Ladinos in light of the rise in ethno-tourism following the civil war. The use of ritual and costume dances is discussed as a leading way by which the Maya and Ladinos are creating identities in relation to one another. The construction of both identities are discussed in relation to the Maya revitalization movement and Maya efflorescence. This thesis is primarily based on library research and a short visit to Momostenango in 2011. This thesis should be a resource on the understanding of the creation of identity through dance for the Ladinos and the Maya.



Identity, Dance, Guatemala, Maya, Ladino, Vace