I, Rigoberta Menchu (), is the personal narrative of the life of a young Guatemalan Quiche Indian woman. Written in the genre of testimonio, Menchu’s. “Now a global bestseller, the remarkable life of Rigoberta Menchú, a Guatemalan peasant woman, reflects on the experiences common to many Indian. Her story reflects the experiences common to many Indian communities in Latin America today. Rigoberta suffered gross injustice and hardship in her early life.

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I, Rigoberta Menchu

Me llamo Rigoberta Menchu en asi me nacio la conciencia. As an Indianist, she desires separation, but she has come to realize that unification is the only way to end repression.

She attributes much of her new perspective to a ladino who teaches her Spanish and works for the CUC: Once enough people understand how an oppressive system operates and how devastating it is to everyone involved including those who appear to prosper financiallythen perhaps we can work together to create a shared power system. In she was involved in the newly founded party Winaq. But Rigoberta interestinly shuns author’s craft.

Familiarize students with Guatemalan history so that they will understand the political causes behind Menchu’s emotional rationalizations for insurgency. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Along with other peasants, he had marched to Guatemala City to protest the expropriation of Indian lands and the widespread persecution of Indians and poor ladinos in El Quiche: Which, honestly, the Nobel dudes are basically just trolling dictators, aren’t they?

It is selfish to just think about oneself when everyone else is sacrificing their lives for the community.

I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

She brings up a great deal of issues which are still relevant today – discrimination, poverty, land rights, language, literacy, human rights abuses – just look at what’s ibdian now with the mining companies who are throwing people off land where rigobertz families have lived for centuries, burning their homes because they are “illegally occupying land which belongs to the mining companies” – watch this video about Canadian mining companies in Guatemala!


Debray takes the liberty of ordering and editing Menchu’s testimony in order to make it flow more easily, but there is certainly more to this work than Debray acknowledges. This biography of a living person needs additional citations for verification. Jun 04, Letitia rated it it was amazing Shelves: DDT, now recognized as one of the most dangerous pesticides, was often used: I won’t spend any time here reviewing the narrative’s inaccuracies uncovered in the s by David Stoll.

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Rigoberta and her community thought of traps that will prevent the people from coming into their lands. Menchu’s voice is still speaking today as her country reorganizes into a fragile democracy for the betterment of the lives of all the Guatemalan people.

Points of contention include the following:. Unfortunately, I pretty much have to conclude that human nature seems to make oppressors the victors, in Guatemala as elsewhere. Her story reflects the experiences common to many Indian communities in Latin America today. Victims included students, labor leaders, priests, and Indian peasants.

She comes to understand that the barrier that divides Indians and ladinos have kept both groups oppressed by the wealthy rigobertq who run the country Please help by adding reliable sources. She meticulously describes ceremonies of birth, death, and marriage, as well as attempts by the ladinos to repress what they do not understand.

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The couple joins in the discussion, promising to remain Indian. Paperbackpages. She has also become a figure in indigenous political parties and ran for President of Guatemala in and This barrier restrains rebellions.


In “Her,” Rosa Montero says, “It would seem that those who denounce Menchu, obsessed by small details, have lost sight of the big picture” What happens is that this sad teenager telling the story, around halfway through the book she’s like, “So we decided to fight.

Some reviewers complain about or questions its “accuracy” but the story is told in the style of an oral history which I think is culturally appropriate, and thus does not aim for scientific accuracy. This is the story of one indigenous leader’s struggles to work with her people to gain humane treatment from a cruel world.

Menchu has served on UN commissions, received honorary doctorates, and spoken in support of human rights in Europe and North America http: Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

The book describes a poor family who was forced to work and work until they got fired and then the Guatemalan army came in and destroyed their lives.

Contentious material about living persons that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediatelyespecially if potentially libelous or harmful. This was an interesting autobiography, or testimonial as Rigoberta calls it, but hard to read.

I want to know if the polarization so evident in this text us vs. This book is about an Indian women wman in Guatemala. The decision of one will affect many others.