Rogoff, B. (2011). Developing destinies: A Mayan midwife and town [Destinos en desarrollo: Una Comadrona y su pueblo maya]. NY: Oxford University Press.

Abstract

Born with the destiny of becoming a Mayan sacred midwife, Chona Pérez has carried on centuries-old traditional Indigenous-American birth and healing practices over her 85 years. At the same time, Chona developed new approaches to the care of pregnancy, newborns, and mothers based on her own experience and ideas. In this way, Chona has contributed to both the cultural continuities and cultural changes of her town over the decades.

In Developing Destinies, Barbara Rogoff illuminates how individuals worldwide build on cultural heritage from prior generations and at the same time create new ways of living.

Developing Destinies is an engaging narrative of one remarkable person’s life and the life of her community that blends psychology, anthropology, and history to reveal the integral role that culture plays in human development. With extensive photographs and accounts of Mayan family life, medical practices, birth, child development, and learning, Rogoff adeptly shows that we can better understand the role of culture in our lives by examining how people participate in cultural practices.

Resumen

Destinada a ser comadrona sagrada Maya desde su nacimiento, en sus 86 años Chona Pérez ha seguido las tradiciones de los antiguos Mayas. Al mismo tiempo, doña Chona ha desarrollado nuevas técnicas para el cuidado del embarazo, parto, y madre y bebe, basado en sus experiencias e ideas. De esa manera, doña Chona ha contribuido igualmente a los cambios y a las continuidades culturales de su pueblo San Pedro la Laguna en Guatemala.

El libro “Developing destinies: A Mayan midwife and town” ilumina como los individuos construyen la vida actual sobre la herencia de generaciones anteriores y al mismo tiempo crean nuevas maneras de vivir. La vida de doña Chona y su pueblo ofrecen ejemplos extraordinarios de cómo las practicas culturales se conservan al mismo tiempo que se modifican. Destinos en desarrollo incluye muchas fotografía que datan desde 1941 y describe la vida familiar Maya, practicas medicas, nacimiento, desarrollo humano, y aprendizaje.