An Anthropologist Studies Overlooked Mayan Women

April 3, 2023

Fulbright scholar Lilianna Quiroa-Crowell wants to make the Q’eqchi’ women of Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, more visible.

Elizabeth Quiroa-Crowell

Lilianna Quiroa-Crowell, an Anthropology Ph.D. candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, recently received a Fulbright to conduct research in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, on the marginalized Indigenous Q’eqchi’ women in the Caribbean port city. A shipping capital for the banana industry since the early 20th century, Puerto Barrios was once a thriving metropolis. Today, the city is downtrodden and considered dangerous.  

Quiroa-Crowell is focused on the Mayan women who play key roles in supporting the banana trade but whose contributions, experiences, and perspectives have largely been overlooked by scholars. She intends to make the women’s labor, creativity, and challenges more visible through participatory mapping and photography projects. She spoke from Guatemala about her research.

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CUNY Graduate Center · An Anthropologist Studies Overlooked Mayan Women 

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