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Overview

This case study describes how the Maya have lived and benefited from their environment for 13 centuries. An experiment in ethnology and ethnohistory, this text regards culture not as an entity, but as a process enacted in contemporary space in light of past events. This adventure into ethnohistory unravels the impact of time and change on family life, economy, politics and supernatural beliefs.

Ellen R. Kintz, State University of New York ¿ Geneseo

Foreword.
Preface.
Acknowledgements.
1. Fieldwork Among the Yucatec Maya.
2. Life Under the Tropical Canopy.
3. The Web of Kinship.
4. Economic Production and Exchange.
5. Political Leadership.
6. The Supernatural World.
7. Tradition and Change.
Time Periods and Characters.
Glossary.
References.