The Modern Maya: a Culture in Transition
Call Number: F 1435 E89 1991
Publication Date: 1991-02-01
Provides a photo-essay and ethnographic record of the comtemporary Maya during a time of critical change and globalization. This book presents a portrait of the modern Maya, while investigating the effects of NAFTA, tourism, the evangelical movement, world trade and maquiladoras, racism, sexism, and drugs on Maya communities. Combining photography of ancient Maya sites and modern Maya communities with narrative, this work takes us into the homes and lives of farmers and chicle gatherers, ranch hands and henequen workers, as well as the Mayan-speaking urbanites who work at the resorts on the Riviera Maya. Tells dramatic stories of how individuals and families have seen a way of life that was centered around the "milpa" (farm) and the cultivation of tropical forest products transformed by the effects of globalization and the necessity to labor for wages. At the same time, also reveals the amazing adaptability of the Maya, who hold onto the essence of their culture despite all the destructive pressures from the outside world.