Although indigenous peoples make up the majority in the Mexican state of Chiapas, they have been subjected for centuries to cruel domination and humiliation by more powerful Mestizos. The highland city of San Cristóbal de las Casas, where this picture was taken, was named for a 16th-century Spanish bishop who protested the cruelty against indigenous peoples. Ironically, centuries later, in 1994, another Mestizo, calling himself "Subcommandante Marcos" led a "Zapatista" uprising against this continued exploitation.

© 1990, 1999 Richard McGuire

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