Now available in English, Thunder Doesn't Live Here
Anymore explores the highly unusual worldview of the Teenek
people of Tantoyuca, Veracruz, whose self-deprecating cosmology
diverges quite radically from patterns of positive cultural
identity among other indigenous groups in Mexico. The Teeneks speak
of themselves as dirty, dumb, ignorant, and fearful, a vocabulary
that serves to justify the Teeneks' condition of social and spatial
marginality in relation to their mestizo neighbors.
However, as Anath Ariel de Vidas argues in this masterful
ethnography, this self-denigration - added to the absence among the
Teeneks of emblematic Indian features such as traditional costumes,
agricultural rituals, specific ceremonies, or systems of religious
cargos or offices - are not synonymous with collective anomie.
Rather, as Ariel de Vidas demonstrates, their seeming ontological
acceptance of a marginal social and economic condition is - in its
own peculiar way - a language of indigenous resistance.
Subjects: Sociology, Anthropology
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