SBCC ANTH 103 - first encouunter in Amopan (3 pages)

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Anth 103 - Intro To Cultural Anthropology
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ANTH 103 First Encounters in Amopan 1a The elevation of Amopan is 1 000 meters or 3 280 84 feet This information was given to me through the sign on the Ethno Quest game b The books in the church room were Historia Mexicana La Lengua Mexicana and Vocabulario Mexicana These books show the padre is interested into the history and language of the natives and villagers c Five things in the plaza are the cantina church school bus country yard and statue d The choices given at the cantina were cerveza sin alcohol tequila aguardiente and pulque Beer was used for casual context sin alcohol or soda is usually not consumed as water is more appealing to locals Tequila is an alcoholic beverage that is imported and expensive Aguardiente is used for special religious activities and pulque is a drink brought to town in jugs on market days e The room next to the classroom is the Biblioteca library f The main game played in Amopan is baseball There are flyers around the cantina for the next game 2a Saturday was the day I arrived at Amopan because everyone was busy doing their Saturday chores and practices b Most of the village women were washing clothes c Juan Jefe said the cantina rooms usually range from 300 to 350 pesos a week Juan Jefe told me d Roberto works a farm full of maize e Padre Raul has been a parish priest for the past six months 3a1 Roberto is set on insisting I am a tax collector because I look like stranger for the people who live in Amopan 2 Because Roberto is a trusted friend and neighbor rather than a stranger 3 Tochtli found out about the rumor from Roberto 4 I didn t enjoy being called a tax collector It shows they think I am someone who not to be trusted 3b1 He talked about how a person came to the city a month ago and some young men came and stole his belongings Then he followed them and has not returned 2 He told this story to me as caution so I wouldn t lose my bags or get stolen 3 He replies that Amopan is a very substantial village 3c1 Eduardo About the locals 2 Roberto About the local sports at Amopan 3 Zauhtli Roberto s sister She has to wash clothes 4 Juan Jefe About the local cultures 5 Padre Raul About the church at Amopan 6 Sra Hernandez About education at Amopan d Juan Jefe is the president of Amopan and he cares about his village Padre Raul is the pastor of the church in Amopan and he also takes care about people in Amopan Sra Hernandez is a teacher of the school in Amopan and she cares about children very well e At first time when I met the villagers they were very wary of letting me know about their cultures The villagers are conscious and need time for trust However as I being more friendly to them they were getting accept me and becoming friendly f Now they believe that I am not a tax collector but an anthropologist I showed my paper work such as my official letters and documents that I need to research and write down information g Everyone who lives in Amopan is related and knows everyone All the families and relatives are living together at the same village However I live with only my family and some relatives are not quite close with me h The locations of buildings where the main areas and main places to go Also I can get a help from Juan Jefe who is president in Amopan to make a census and draw a map of the village 4a I decided to stay at the cantina Most travels stayed there and the room is clean and nice Everyone says their place is better than the others but I comfortably want to view this from the cantina s point of view Also it is a good place to meet potential informants as a social center b I don t want to stay at the church because the place is scary to stay at night and staying at the school is very small and uncomfortable place at a corner of the crowded room Also I can stay at the school only a couple of nights And I cannot be there during school hours c The rent was free but I negotiated paying for school supplies and donations 5 The ranchers and villagers don t get along with each others since their own belongings got stolen According to a flyer there is a tension between the Amopan peasants and the ranchers


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