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Book Project:

The Depth of Our Pueblo: Maya Guatemalan Youth Politics and Theater Resisting Violence

Video synopsis:

Book Chapter (2008):

Cover - Routledge- Our Ancestors Danced Like This

“Our Ancestors Danced Like This": Maya Youth Respond to Genocide Through the Ancestral Arts.


A compelling Maya Guatemalan grassroots theater project of resistance, hope, and vision explores what a more just society looks like and what civic engagement means.

Citations list of Publications

by Czarina Aggabao Thelen, Ph.D.:


In preparation   The Depth of Our Pueblo: Maya Guatemalan Youth Politics and Theater Resisting Violence.


In preparation    “Living Indigenous Pedagogies: Asylum Self-Advocacy Workshops with Maya Guatemalan Youth.” (Co-author: Efrain López Rancho.)

In preparation   “Empowering Maya Guatemalan youth in the asylum process: An educational intervention.” Center for Mexico and Central America (CeMeCA), Columbia University.  (Co-author: Efrain López Rancho.)

2014                 “Lisandro Guarcax and the Dance of the Nawales: In Memoriam (1978-2010).”  Spring 2014.  EMISFÉRICA.  Vol. 11 No. 1 (‘The Decolonial Gesture’): n. pag.  Hemispheric Institute. Web.

2008                 “Our Ancestors Danced Like This: Maya Youth Respond to Genocide Through the Ancestral Arts.”  2008.  In Rickie Solinger, Madeline Fox, and Kayhan Irani (eds.), Telling Stories to Change the World: Global Voices on the Power of Narrative to Build Community and Make Social Justice Claims. NY: Routledge, pp. 39-54.


2017                 “Becoming I’x: Maya Ontological Decolonization and the Turn to Theater in Postwar Guatemala.”  Chair:  Charles R. Hale. Committee: Shannon Speed, João Vargas, Circe Sturm, Omi Osun Joni L. Jones, Kim TallBear. Univ Texas at Austin: Dissertation.

2010                 “Theorizing a Third Current of Maya Politics through the San Jorge Land Struggle in Guatemala.”  Supervising Committee: Charles R. Hale, João Vargas. Univ Texas at Austin: Master’s Report.

2000                 “The Philippines’ NGOs through the Democratic Transition in 1986: Continuity and Change.”  Thesis Advisors:  Peter Uvin and James Mahoney. Brown University: Honors Thesis.


2012                 “Preface.”  In Aggabao Thelen, Czarina (ed.), Stitching Our Wings: Poetry & Artwork by Young Women at Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center. Austin, TX:  Red Salmon Press.

2010                 “Lisandro, tú representas la dignidad del pueblo maya y la sabiduría ancestral.”  Paid ad, Prensa Libre, Oct 18, 2010, Guatemala.  Co-authors: Sue Kuyper, Bridget Brehen, with 54 human rights organizational signatories.

2010                 “Sololá, Guatemala: Assassination of Maya teacher/artist Lisandro Guarcax.”  Censored News Special Edition, Sept 1, 2010: n. pag.  Web.

2009                 “Introduction.”  In SOY Collective (eds.), Does Heaven Have a Ghetto?: Poetry & Artwork by Youth at Gardner Betts Juvenile Justice Center.  Austin, TX: Red Salmon Press.

2007                 “‘From Resistance to Power’: Iximche’, Site of Maya Resistance and Power, Hosts Indigenous Summit.”  Report on Guatemala, Spring 28(1).

2006                 “‘Our Grandparents Have Told Us that These Lands are Ours’: Rodolfo Pocop on Land Struggles and Indigenous Organizing.”  Report on Guatemala, 27(2).

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