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Enclosed: Conservation, Cattle, and Commerce Among the QEqchi Maya Lowlanders Liza Grandia

Enclosed: Conservation, Cattle, and Commerce Among the QEqchi Maya Lowlanders

Liza Grandia

Published February 8th 2012
ISBN : 9780295991658
Hardcover
304 pages
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This impassioned and rigorous analysis of the territorial plight of the Qeqchi Maya of Guatemala highlights an urgent problem for indigenous communities around the world - repeated displacement from their lands. Liza Grandia uses the tools ofMoreThis impassioned and rigorous analysis of the territorial plight of the Qeqchi Maya of Guatemala highlights an urgent problem for indigenous communities around the world - repeated displacement from their lands. Liza Grandia uses the tools of ethnography, history, cartography, and ecology to explore the recurring enclosures of Guatemalas second largest indigenous group, who number a million strong. Having lost most of their highland territory to foreign coffee planters at the end of the 19th century, Qeqchi people began migrating into the lowland forests of northern Guatemala and southern Belize. Then, pushed deeper into the frontier by cattle ranchers, lowland Qeqchi found themselves in conflict with biodiversity conservationists who established protected areas across this region during the 1990s.The lowland, maize-growing Qeqchi of the 21st century face even more problems as they are swept into global markets through the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR-CAFTA) and the Puebla to Panama Plan (PPP). The waves of dispossession imposed upon them, driven by encroaching coffee plantations, cattle ranches, and protected areas, have unsettled these agrarian people. Enclosed describes how they have faced and survived their challenges and, in doing so, helps to explain what is happening in other contemporary enclosures of public common space.