Juan Carrillo González

Fellowship Date

March 01, 2019 to April 30, 2019


A Glimpse of the Voices of the Past: Historical Ethnography of the Maya of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala (1880-1920)/ Atisbar las voces del pasado: Etnografía histórica de los pueblos mayas en la Alta Verapaz, Guatemala (1880-1920)
My research centers on clarifying the avatars that indigenous society faced during the formation of the nation-state and the emergence of the phenomenon of land dispossession that led to the territorial fragmentation of Alta Verapaz after the introduction of coffee plantations. It considers, at the same time, the process of material and immaterial reconstitution that allowed the Maya to preserve the primordial substrate of their ancient traditions between the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century.


Juan Carrillo González received his doctorate from Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) in Mexico. His research includes diverse themes that articulate rituality, cosmovision, ethnic processes of resistance, and musical practices of the colonial Maya of the Yucatan Peninsula and Central America. He has published in specialized journals in Mexico, the United States, France, Germany, Colombia, and Guatemala. On two occasions he has won the Francisco Javier Clavijero Award for History and Ethnohistory from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Mexico, as well as Honorable Mention for the Jan de Vos Award for his research concerning the south-southeastern regions of Mexico and Guatemala.