Maya resistance in Chiapas, presentation of film and photos…Las Cruces events

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Weaving for Justice is pleased to announce the visit to New Mexico State University and Las Cruces of Bill Jungels, professor emeritus at SUNY Fredonia.   Bill is a documentary film maker, photographer and activist focusing on issues related to workers and indigenous farmers in Mexico and Mayas of Chiapas, Mexico.   Bill’s visit is being sponsored by the NMSU Anthropology Dept., The Creative Media Institute, the University Museum, the College of Arts and Sciences and Weaving for Justice, a volunteer organization that assists Maya women’s weaving cooperatives in Chiapas.  The event on Saturday is free and the event on Sunday at the Fountain Theatre is a fundraiser for Weaving for Justice, a volunteer organization assisting Maya weaving cooperatives in Chiapas, Mexico.  Suggested donation is $10, $5 for students.

Saturday, April 6, at 2:00 pm

NMSU University Museum, Kent Hall, corner of Solano & University Avenues, Las Cruces


The presentation will look at weaving among members of a Tzotzil Mayan women’s weaving cooperative in Highland Chiapas as a form of cultural resistance in dialogue with fair trade foreign marketing.  Issues of taking and making public images produced in this context will be addressed: issues of vision distorted by clichés and exoticizing will be discussed in the context of the photographer’s responsibility to make visible what our eyes are trained not to see.  Issues of commodification will be addressed in relation to both the weavings and the images.

Weavings from Chiapas co-ops will be exhibited & available for sale from 10:00 to 4:00 at the Museum


Sunday, April 7, 2013, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

FOUNTAIN THEATER, Mesilla, New Mexico, 2469 Calle De Guadalupe  

Part 2 of “Broken Branches, Fallen Fruit: Immigration and the family in Highland Chiapas” and work in progress on Mayan resistance to cultural and physical displacement

This viewing of Jungels’ work-in-progress addresses our inter-connections with resistance efforts of indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico, and the threats to their cohesion by neo-liberal globalization. This event is a fundraiser for Weaving for Justice.  Suggested donation $10, $5 students.  Weavings from Chiapas co-ops will also be for sale and one of Bill’s photographs will be raffled to benefit Tsobol Antzetik (Women United), a Maya weaving cooperative.

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About virginiaisaad

Virginia is a journalist based in Los Angeles who's written for publications including Los Angeles magazine, Upworthy, and Elite Daily. She was born in Argentina and raised in the San Fernando Valley along with her three siblings. Fun fact: She took a Chicanas and Feminism course with Eva Longoria while studying for her master's in mass communication at California State University, Northridge. Follow her on Twitter @virginiaisaad

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