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My research is different in that I use a heterodoxy of methods, including quantitative and qualitative, to move from the micro to the macro by documenting popular mobilization of indigenous communities around issues of past violence and its relationship to ongoing efforts to institutionalize democratic practices in Guatemala. INTRODUCTION 17 To carry out this research, I selected communities where massacres had occurred during La Violencia. I began my preliminary fieldwork in 1994, working with the Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation (Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala—FAFG)8 on an exhumation in Plan de Sánchez, an isolated village in the mountains of Rabinal, Baja Verapaz.
Washes the pain off the rocks. Carries it down through the valley, where women collect drinking water and children bathe. A child finds a tooth and tosses it to shore, where it turns into sand. The tooth is lost, forgotten. A missing part of the landscape of the scarred face. Its absence, like the empty army camp, a reminder of terror. Terror is a place that occupies memory long after the base has closed. It is a filter that becomes the lens through which we understand the past and interpret the present, and upon which we base our hopes for the future.
She gave a nervous laugh and added, “Tell them you work with lots of Ixil women and we all look alike because we wear the same clothes. Forgive me that I ask you to lie for me. And please be very careful. I do not want anything to happen to you. He had that notebook. ” It was the first time I had ever seen Julia afraid. I reminded Julia that I never repeated the names of people we interviewed or ever told anyone her name or the nature of our relationship. 7 Still, I asked her if she wanted to return to Nebaj, offering to cancel the meeting in Tzalbal.
Buried Secrets: Truth and Human Rights in Guatemala by Victoria Sanford (auth.)