|Birthname||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)|
|Astrology data||18°34' 23°08 Asc. 09°50'|
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.
- Work : Prize 1992 (Nobel Peace Prize)
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