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Summer/Fall 2002

The Man Who Wrote The Book

Wabash students met the man who wrote the book on the language spoken by the indigenous people of Chiapas. Literally.

Bob Laughlin, anthropologist, author, and director of the Chiapas Indigenous Theater, gave an insider’s view of the language during a talk at Na Bolom library and spent time with students in several different venues. Laughlin is the editor of the only dictionary of the tzotzil language ever published.

Besides teaching us words in tzotzil, Laughlin invited us to the theater for rehearsal and even taught several in the group the “posh” ritual practiced in Chamulan villages.


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