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Woodward Library exhibit features photos of Chiapas, Mexico, by Dr. Matthew Kenney

People and Places from the Highlands of Chiapas, a photography exhibit in Austin Peay State Universitys Woodward Library, will be on display through Oct. 15, 2005.

The photographs were taken by Dr. Matthew Kenney, assistant professor of political science, who spent July 2005 in Chiapas, where he worked on community-development projects. Chiapas, a state located in southern Mexico, borders the Central American country of Guatemala.
“People and Places from the Highlands of Chiapas,” a photography exhibit in Austin Peay State University's Woodward Library, will be on display through Oct. 15, 2005.

The photographs were taken by Dr. Matthew Kenney, assistant professor of political science, who spent July 2005 in Chiapas, where he worked on community-development projects. Chiapas, a state located in southern Mexico, borders the Central American country of Guatemala.

Many of the photos showcase the people of San Pedro Chenalho, most of whom are ethnic Tsotsil. Kenney said, “The Tsotsil are a sub-group of Mayan Indians, who struggle to maintain their distinctive language, customs and way of life.”

Other images in the exhibit highlight the natural beauty and architecture of the region.
Traditional Tsotsil clothing and other items also are included in the display.

Besides working on community-development projects, primarily in the rural county of San Pedro Chenalho, Kenney spent substantial time in San Cristobal de las Casas, the second-largest city in Chiapas and an important cultural and artistic center.

Traveling with other people from Clarksville and from across the United States, this trip to Chiapas marks Kenney's third visit to that region of Mexico since 2003.

An opening reception for the exhibition is slated to begin at noon, Wednesday, Sept. 28, on the main floor of Woodward Library. Following a brief talk, Kenney will answer questions.

The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. For more information about the photography exhibit, telephone Kenney at (931) 221-6424. —Dennie B. Burke