The Canadian corporation Goldcorp’s Marlin Mine in San Miguel Ixtahuacán is the first open- pit goldmine in Guatemala. While Goldcorp depicts Marlin as a showcase for development and good business, many Mayan women express extreme distress at the multilayered destruction caused by the corporation. Under the guidance of the indigenous women’s movement Tz’ununija’, in May–June 2011 and July 2012, I held in- depth interviews with five Maya- Mam leaders and two workshops in San Miguel with more than 30 women opposing the mine.
Global Coloniality of Power in Guatemala: Racism, Genocide, Citizenship is an original and intricately analytical reflection on power dynamics and systemic injustice in Guatemala in the context of historical and ongoing Western colonialism. Egla Martínez- Salazar masterfully unravels and explores both structural and quotidian violence and power imbalances in terms of class, race and gender, and, crucially, epistemic violence or the ways in which the indigenous knowledge and that of subaltern groups is rendered non- existent.