I, Rigoberta Menchu (), is the personal narrative of the life of a young Guatemalan Quiche Indian woman. Written in the genre of testimonio, Menchu’s. “Now a global bestseller, the remarkable life of Rigoberta Menchú, a Guatemalan peasant woman, reflects on the experiences common to many Indian. Her story reflects the experiences common to many Indian communities in Latin America today. Rigoberta suffered gross injustice and hardship in her early life.

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She and her family became activists and revolutionaries. It was a very interesting account of Rigoberta’s life in rural Guatemala.

I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchú

There is no violence in the Indian community. Written in the Latin American genre of guatsmala testimonio oral autobiographyI, Rigoberta Menchu is a powerful narrative. A few years after the book came out, David Stoll he has his doctorate from Stanford University was planning to write a book about Rigoberta’s book since he had a deep interest in Guatemalan history.

Modern Language Association http: He set up military bases in many of the villages and there were rapes, tortures, kidnappings.

A former vice-president of Guatemala, Eduardo Caceres Lehnhoff, arrived to speak with them. There were sections of her story that I found disturbing, particularly the torture descriptions. Familiarize students with Guatemalan history so that they will understand the political causes behind Menchu’s emotional rationalizations for insurgency.

I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala – Rigoberta Menchú – Google Books

Historians estimate that the Mayan population went from two million in toin Lovell and Lutz April Learn how and when to remove this template message. There are many activities suggested in Teaching and Testimony for teaching Menchu’s story sans the controversy. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and rigoberfa all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. After narrowly escaping capture by the army, she flees to Mexico inreturning to Guatemala when the furious search for her subsides.


Student reactions will vary but typically may fall into three categories-immediate empathy and acceptance of the text; rejection of the text; or cautious examination of the text.

This is her story about living and working in the antiplano highlands of Guatemala. Menchu’s brother and mother were kidnapped, tortured, and murdered by the Guatemalan Army. Rgioberta surviving Menchus are grieved by her death but relieved that her suffering is over. Retrieved from ” https: She devoted her life to resistance and support for her people.

I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

Rigoberta suffered gross injustice and hardship in her early life: The mistress of the house is abusive towards the servants and withholds their wages at the least excuse. The menhcu, which spanned the years left “, people dead, 40, disappeared, a million exiles or refugees,orphans, and a wandering legion ofwidows” Aznarez However, at times it was a little hard to get into the story.

But there’s something missing on just about every page here for me, something that I think is a result of that voice. World Literature and Its Times: Stoll suggests that Menchu’s voice was “colonized” by Elisabeth Burgos-Debray to further invian flagging political. In her narrative, Menchu dichotomizes the wman of Guatemala into good and bad. Nine Guardians portrays the good and the bad without judgment, allowing the reader to draw his own conclusions.


Rigoberta Menchú

Toward the end, Rigoberta reaches some very telling conclusions about the effects that Catholicism had on her people. Dogs were treated better than the Indians.

The reader can then participate in the emotional complexity of an authoritarian power structure in order to feel more empathetically and understand the great harm it has done to millions for millenia. Stoll seems to require of a testimony that it be a historical document with correct dates, names, etc. I once heard Ms Menchu speak at a conference.

His anthropological view and I highlight the word “his,” for many more anthropologists staunchly disagree with his point of view seems to deny testimony some of its basic characteristics: The second half shows Menchu being far more specific, describing her particular story and how she came to see her family killed, and the influence that these events had on her decision to join the CUC and the movement started in her father’s name.

They bring him back to the village and explain their plight to him.

This is the auto biography of an Indian woman who won the Nobel Peace prize in The important thing is that what has happened to me has happened to ineian other people too: