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Posted on: March 1, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Women of Chiapas: Weaving a New World

Chiapas Weavers

In honor of International Women’s Day, Thomas Branigan Memorial Library will host a presentation by Christine Eber, Ph.D., on her work with Mayan weaving collectives.
Dr. Eber’s talk will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2023, in the Roadrunner Room at Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave.
“Women of Chiapas: Weaving a New World,” will focus on Maya weavers of Chiapas working collectively to surmount the many challenges they face to make a better world for themselves and their children. Through the words of weavers, examples of the textiles they produce, and slides from a recent visit to Chiapas, Dr. Eber will share their efforts to achieve greater autonomy as women and as original peoples of Mexico.
Christine Eber is a Professor Emerita of Anthropology at New Mexico State University. Since the 1980s, her work has focused on women and their families in Tsotsil-speaking Maya communities of Chiapas, Mexico.
She is the coordinator of Weaving for Justice, a volunteer group that assists Maya weaving collectives in Chiapas to sell their products in the U.S. through fair trade. Her books include several that can be borrowed from the Branigan Library, including “The Journey of a Tzotzil Maya Woman: Pass Well Over the Earth,” the life story of Flor de Margarita Pérez Pérez, and “When a Woman Rises,” a novel about the friendship between two Tsotsil-Maya women.
This document can be made available in alternate formats by calling 575/528-4102 or 575/528-4008 (TTY). Anyone who requires an accommodation for a disability to participate in this event should call the library at least 48 hours in advance at 575/528-4102 or 575/528-4008 (TTY).
For information, contact Brita Sauer, Library Manager, at 575/528-4028, or by email at

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