Menchú, Rigoberta

From Astro-Databank
Jump to: navigation, search
Menchú, Rigoberta Gender: F
Rigoberta Menchú Tum
born on 9 January 1959 at 08:00 (= 08:00 AM )
Place Santa Cruz del Quiché, Guatemala, 15n02, 91w08
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 18°34' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 23°08 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 09°50'

Rigoberta Menchú
photo: Surizar, cropped by Jen, license cc-by-sa-2.0


Indigenous Guatemalan woman, of the K'iche' ethnic group. Menchú has dedicated her life to publicizing the plight of Guatemala's indigenous peoples during and after the Guatemalan Civil War (1960–1996), and to promoting indigenous rights in the country. She received the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize and Prince of Asturias Award in 1998. She is the subject of the testimonial biography I, Rigoberta Menchú (1983) and the author of the autobiographical work, Crossing Borders.

Menchú is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. She has also become a figure in indigenous political parties and ran for President of Guatemala in 2007 and 2011.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Prize 1992 (Nobel Peace Prize)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes Rigoberta Menchú's book "Crossing Borders‎" (Verso, 1998), p. 74: "When I was eighteen, my father had a real problem to establish my identity. He went to the offices to ask for the birth certificate of his daughter M'in. They told him that nobody was registered under that name. When he insisted that I was born at eight o'clock in the morning on 4 January, the officials said that no Menchu Tum was born on that date. He had to pay several fines until he found the name of Rigoberta Menchu Tum, born on 9 January, and names corresponding to the surnames of Mama and Papa. They assumed that this was indeed me, and my legal identity was established."


  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Notable : Awards : Nobel prize