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Anthropology and History in Yucatan


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A collection of ten essays that offer interpretations of the survival and adaptation of lowland Maya culture from its earliest contact with the Spanish to the 1970s.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction (Grant D. Jones)
  • Part One. Continuity and Change in Maya Ethnic Boundaries
    • 1. A Proposal for Constituting a Maya Subgroup, Cultural and Linguistic, in the Peten and Adjacent Regions (Sir Eric Thompson)
    • 2. The Francisco Perez Probanza of 1654-1656 and the Matricula of Tipu (Belize) (France V. Scholes and Sir Eric Thompson)
    • 3. The Maya and the Colonization of Belize in the Nineteenth Century (O. Nigel Bolland)
  • Part Two. Process of Adaptation in Maya Society
    • 4. Independent Maya of the Late Nineteenth Century: Chiefdoms and Power Politics (D. E. Dumond )
    • 5. Levels of Settlement Alliance among the San Pedro Maya of Western Belize and Eastern Peten, 1857-1936 (Grant D. Jones )
    • 6. Internal Migration in Yucatan: Interpretation of Historical Demography and Current Patterns (James W. Ryder)
    • 7. The Maestros Cantores in Yucatan (Anne C. Collins)
  • Part Three. Maya Views of History
    • 8. The Caste War of Yucatan: The History of a Myth and the Myth of History (Victoria Reifler Bricker )
    • 9. The Caste War in the 1970's: Present-Day Accounts from Village Quintana Roo (Allan F. Burns )
    • 10. Historical Dimensions of Orientation to Change in a Yucatec Peasant Community (Irwin Press)
  • Notes on the Contributors
  • Bibliography
  • Index

About the Author

Grant D. Jones is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chairman of the Department at Hamilton College.

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