Thursday, January 12, 2012

So much blogging to do, so little time; or ethnographic triage

As the clock winds down, I realize how much I have not written up in any form, field notes or blog. And of course there is no magic to writing things while I am here. That is, there is no guarantee that what I write while I am on the ground in Guatemala will be better because I was here when I wrote it. Still, I am feeling some urgency. So much to process. Conversations that I will forget if I don't write them down, and here is as good a place as any.

And so... in the last few days that remain of this stay, what will get formulated and put into a textual form and what will not? There are many "follow ups" to blogs I wrote earlier. I wanted to write about the fiesta in Chichicastenango, which continues my discussion of my relationship with the alcaldía indígena in Chichi. Doña Matilde's family invited me to the ceremony that is held 40 days after the death of a loved one -- a follow up to "sending off the spirits". I made some visits to community radio stations.  I went to a punk concert. I have been doing some training sessions with the Red de Jóvenes. There are all kinds of random encounters and conversations, observations about everyday life, reflections about what I have and have not accomplished.

So I start to think, what will interest you, my readers? What will serve my needs? What will be possibly useful to me some months or years down the road?  All good questions...and I'm not sure I have the answers, or if I did, if I would be able to make good. So we'll see...


  1. write about the punk concert !!!

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  2. Jaja.... I don't remember much about the specific bands. But okay, a short blog on that!