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NewsPress Release -Maya Clothing is Topic of Fourth Faculty Forum

MARLBORO, VT - In the fourth in this semester's series of faculty forums atMarlboro College, professor of anthropology Carol Hendrickson will speak on "The Gift of Presence" at 4 p.m. on April 11, in the college's Appletree building. The talk will focus on the role of traje, or Maya dress, in Guatemalan culture.

A traditional emblem of ethnic identity, traje has taken on additional importance in the Maya revitalization movement of the post-civil war era. Maya - and in particular, Maya women - wear traje on a daily basis, and Hendrickson examines "what it means for women wearing it in places where Maya have been excluded, such as Congress, banks, and businesses."

Hendrickson, who is the director of Marlboro's World Studies Program, has been researching weaving in the central highlands of Guatemala for nearly twenty years. An expert on traje, her research focuses on the ways people experience, conceptualize and reflect on the weaving and wearing of traje. Hendrickson traveled to Guatemala on a Fulbright-Hays faculty research grant in 1999. Through extensive interviews, participant observation, photography and study of the non-western language, Kaqchikel Maya, Hendrickson continues to explore the relationships between traje and identity.

This event is free and open to the public, and the Appletre is fully accessible. For more information on Marlboro or this event, call (802) 257-4333 or go online to

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