My, my, my
Busy little fingers:
"In fact, they don't mind letting you know when something is offensive to them. Give them credit and their dignity as being human beings and not being known as just poverty stricken slaves.
I guess I gotta pull rank on you again. But this note will also contain some useful info about the Maya.
I have been impressed by the Maya's reticence and unwillingness to criticize others. One reason for this is the small-village ethos and the knowledge that the "nail that stands up will be pounded down," (borrowing from the Japanese but they are a good comparison.0).
I can't count the times I have seen people come into a Maya town or gathering and run roughshod over them. My "American" sense was, of course, to intervene and shake things up. But my professional sense told me to shut up and let the Maya (3,000 year-old society) handle things.
Now, leaving the transitory hurt aside that they suffered being dissed, the Maya almost ALWAYS prevailed in the long run. They simply did it quietly and let time turn the issue to their favor.
When we have a few drinks they laugh about the Western world and remind me it will be gone long before they are.