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2. Textiles in support of the Maya Educational Foundation (MEF)
3. Santa Fe Lawyer Needs Help on Gang Violence Case
4. Review from Ethnohistory of Saqueo en el archivo: El paradero de los tesoros documentales Guatemaltecos. By GSN"ers Wendy Kramer,W. George Lovell, and Christopher Lutz. (La Antigua, Guatemala) AND LINKS TO LA HORA INTERVIEW WITH GEORGE LOVELL

B. Massacre survivor: Soldier who raised him must face justice
2. . Textiles in support of the Maya Educational Foundation (MEF)
Want to tidy up your closets and also help raise funds for the Maya Educational Foundation? Christine Eber is collecting donations of Maya textiles and other, related items from Mexico and Central America for fundraising sales in support of MEF scholarships for Maya students. Last year, Christine and other volunteers in New Mexico held a couple very successful sales of donated items. Proceeds went to different projects in support of Maya initiatives, including the Maya Educational Foundation. — Christine and friends will continue to hold sales and would like to hear from GSNers who might want to donate materials (pieces of traje and other Maya textiles, masks, jewelry, and more), with proceeds from your donations going to MEF.
If you're interested, please write Christine at <> to let her know what you have. She can provide more details.
3. Santa Fe Lawyer Needs Help on Gang Violence Case
Here's another expert request. They would like the expert opinion by sometime in October. They do not have any funds to pay an expert, but if this is your research area and you can write something without having do do extra work, it sounds like a worthy case. The email, website and phone are in the signature line below.
My name is Deshawnda Chaparro, and I am a legal intern currently assisting attorney Allegra Love at the Santa Fe Dreamers Project, a non-profit organization that provides free legal assistance to immigrants in New Mexico. I was referred to you by the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies.
I know you must be deluged with requests, but we were wondering whether you would be able provide us with a COI for an Guatemala asylum case we are currently working on? Our client is a woman and mother from the Colonia Limon neighborhood of Guatemala City who was persecuted by M-18 after they discovered her familial ties to her brother-in-law, an employee of Barrio Seguro, a government anti-gang initiative. Our client’s sister and the sister’s children had to flee their home after our client’s brother-in-law began to receive death threats and attempted assassinations. In 2012, our client’s sister and the sister’s children moved into our client’s home in the Colonia Limon neighborhood which is controlled by M-18. Our client’s sister left to the United States in 2013, leaving her children in our client’s care and custody. Our client, her daughters, and her niece and nephew suffered the daily and general violence inflicted by M-18 onto the Colonia Limon neighborhood. However, it was not until December 2015 when M-18 members saw our client’s niece join her father in his car for a family visit. After that event, M-18 members attempted to kidnap our client’s niece in order to punish our client’s brother-in-law, an employee of the Barrio Seguro initiative. The M-18 members kidnapped the wrong girl, a family member of our client, who they subsequently released upon realization that they had kidnapped the wrong girl. In January 2016, our client was stopped at gun point while shopping and given a phone. The phone call consisted of an extortion attempt where they specified that they had knowledge of her family connection to the Barrio Seguro employee and she was told that if she did not pay the requested amount, her daughter and niece would be raped and her entire family would be killed. She reported this event to the District Attorney office but was told that they could offer her no help or protection and it was suggested that her best option was to flee her home. Our client subsequently took her daughters and niece and nephew to a hotel out of the city and a few days later they left Guatemala for the United States.
We would greatly appreciate any statement you could provide giving your expert opinion on the case and related to any of the following topics:
1- Persecution faced by family members of Barrio Seguro employees
2- Perception of Barrio Seguro employees by Guatemalan society and alternatively how M-18 and MS-13 treat employees of the Barrio Seguro program
3- M-18 actions and activity have stayed the same since January 2016, or in the alternative have escalated
4- Interactions between M-18 and MS-13, scale of violence, level of control in Guatemala
5- Violence in Colonia Limon, domination by M-18
6- A detailed account of M-18’s authority over its territories, exertion of power through violence and what kinds of violence is used, as well as usage of extensive communication networks.
7- Persecution faced by individuals from one gang territory (e.g. M-18) who relocate to another territory (e.g. MS-13) and are persecuted by the gang there
Please let us know if you might be able to help and if we can provide you with any additional information! We look forward to hearing from you.
Deshawnda Chaparro
PO Box 8009
Santa Fe, NM 87504


4. Review from Ethnohistory of Saqueo en el archivo: El paradero de los tesoros documentales Guatemaltecos. By GSN"ers Wendy Kramer,W. George Lovell, and Christopher Lutz. (La Antigua, Guatemala) AND LINKS TO LA HORA INTERVIEW WITH GEORGE LOVELL
Saqueo en el archivo: El paradero de los tesoros documentales Guatemaltecos.
ByWendy Kramer,W. George Lovell, and Christopher Lutz. (La
Antigua, Guatemala: Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamerica,
Centro de Estudios Urbanos y Regionales, and Plumstock Mesoamerican
Studies, 2014. xxxiv + 65 pp., preface, introduction, photographs,
appendixes, bibliography. $10.00 paper.)
Robinson A. Herrera, Florida State University
News of the discovery of the lost second and third sixteenth-century municipal
council books of Santiago de Guatemala by Sebastian van Doesburg
ignited important discussions about individual versus collective ownership
of historical documents. Setting aside their value for the early history of
colonial Latin America, the books, presently housed in the Hispanic Society
of America in New York, are part of the systematic processes of the
expropriation of cultural artifacts from the global South. Wendy Kramer,
W. George Lovell, and Christopher Lutz interrogate the journey of the
books not to indict those who had a hand in their disappearance but to
illustrate ways that scholars might use imaginative approaches to uncover
other ostensibly vanished manuscripts.
Kramer, Lovell, and Lutz begin their discussion with the Hispanic
Society of America, an organization that, to its credit, has worked with
researchers to expose the route traveled by the books from Guatemala to
the United States. Tracing the dispossession of sixteenth-century documents
requires tenacious dedication, as rarely do such materials move along easily
identifiable paths. Rather, as in the case of the lost books, manuscripts often
move from one country to the next, at times lying forgotten in one location
for years until an interested collector purchases them. Valued less for their
historical content than for their signatures of conquerors and other notable
figures, the municipal council books experienced what Jorge Luján Muñoz
(2011) identifies as “adventures and misadventures.” Indeed, Kramer,
Lovell, and Lutz discovered that the books first traveled to Germany before
eventually arriving in the United States as part of Archer Milton Huntington’s
massive collection.
The authors demonstrate that dispossessed manuscripts follow tortuous
routes: some books are taken by outright theft, others are given as
gifts by functionaries to curry favor with allies, and others still are purchased
from private collectors who came to possess them at a time when
national archives and laws, intended to protect cultural patrimonies, did
Ethnohistory 63:2 (April 2016) doi 10.1215/00141801-3455651
Copyright 2016 by American Society for Ethnohistory
450 Book Reviews
Published by Duke University Press
not yet exist. Despite laws prohibiting their sale, the lost books disappeared
from Guatemala in the early twentieth century. Indeed, they appear in a
1913 sales catalog of the Leipzig book dealer and editor Karl W. Hiersemann.
Yet, rather than attempt to condemn the illegal removal, Kramer,
Lovell, and Lutz wisely concentrate on discussing how rare book dealers
and bibliophiles viewed historical manuscripts and the transoceanic links
between wealthy collectors. Deeply influenced by the racist ideologies of
their time, early bibliophiles and collectors saw their libraries as a means to
protect historical materials for future generations. Ironically, while manuscripts
may have originated in the global South, European and US collectors
did not trust subjugated peoples to care for them properly. In analyzing
these attitudes and the links among collectors, the authors raise important
questions about how manuscripts became highly prized commodities and
the nature of collecting historical materials.
Kramer, Lovell, and Lutz have crafted a succinct and engrossing book
that makes a strong case for researchers to investigate repositories typically
ignored. Therefore, rather than rely on dated catalogs, they convincingly
argue that researchers should thoroughly investigate archives and special
collections such as that of the Hispanic Society of America. Given the
tremendous value of the lost books for the history of sixteenth-century
Latin America, one wonders how many other rich historical manuscripts
lie dormant, awaiting the moment when they can reveal their secrets to
modern scholars.
Luján Muñoz, Jorge
2011 “Aventuras y desventuras de los libros segundo y tercero de Cabildo de
Santiago de Guatemala.” Presentation to the Academia de Geografía e
Historia de Guatemala, Guatemala City, 23 February.
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