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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
Although many Indians north of the Rio Grande have published autobiographies, few Latin American natives have done so. Thus, Northern Arizona University anthropologist James D. Sexton's records of interviews with one Tzutuhil Maya from San Jose, Guatemala, and that Indian's preparation of a personal journal (1972- 1 977) yield incredible promise. The Maya, whom Sexton terms a son of the sixteenth century Quiche warrior prince Tecun Uman, has written a highly readable account of Indian society in one village and his own role in it. Sexton has given the diarist the name Ignacio Bizarro Uipan, "for the sake of anonymity," but Uipan's personality comes richly alive as he records daily events. So do the people he describes.
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