The Girl from Chimel
Nobel Peace Prize winner and Mayan activist Rigoberta Menchú brings the world of her earliest childhood vividly to life in this colorful book. Before the war in Guatemala and despite the hardships that the Mayan people endured, life in the Mayan villages of the highlands had a beauty and integrity. This was forever changed by the conflict and brutal genocide that was to co...more
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published August 9th 2005 by Groundwood Books
(first published 2001)
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Each time I read Menchu's moving memoir, I find new wonders! Such an evocation of the world of her indigenous culture and the richness we have lost in the oppression and degradation of First Peoples we are erasing everywhere as we merrily colonize the planet - this is always a poignant paen as well to the value and importance of storytelling and storytellers
Testimonio literature for children of the highest caliber. Rigoberta Menchu' tells the story of her family and village with dignity and love but no sappiness or embellishments. There is no idyllic past to glorify, but there are gems of events that serve as hooks for deeper truth. A perfect blend of testimonio and myth.