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Chiefs, Scribes, and Ethnographers: Kuna Culture from Inside and Out

by James Howe

The Kuna of Panama, today one of the best known indigenous peoples of Latin America, moved over the course of the twentieth century from orality and isolation towards literacy and an active engagement with the...


The Wanano Indians of the Brazilian Amazon: A Sense of Space

by Janet M. Chernela

The Wanano Indians of the northwest Amazon have a social system that differs from those of most tropical forest tribes. Neither stratified by wealth nor strictly egalitarian, Wanano society is "ranked" according...


Ethnographic Film: Revised Edition

by Karl G. Heider

Even before Robert Flaherty released Nanook of the North in 1922, anthropologists were producing films about the lifeways of native peoples for a public audience, as well as for research and teaching. Ethnographic...


Aztecs, Moors, and Christians: Festivals of Reconquest in Mexico and Spain

by Max Harris

In villages and towns across Spain and its former New World colonies, local performers stage mock battles between Spanish Christians and Moors or Aztecs that range from brief sword dances to massive street theatre...


Fertile Matters: The Politics of Mexican-Origin Women's Reproduction

by Elena R. Gutiérrez

While the stereotype of the persistently pregnant Mexican-origin woman is longstanding, in the past fifteen years her reproduction has been targeted as a major social problem for the United States. Due to fear-fueled...


Conquistadores de la Calle: Child Street Labor in Guatemala City

by Thomas A. Offit

The first comprehensive, book-length study of its kind, Conquistadores de la Calle presents the findings of nearly two years of ethnographic research on the streets of Guatemala City, toppling conventional wisdom...


Becoming Neighbors in a Mexican American Community: Power, Conflict, and Solidarity

by Gilda L. Ochoa

On the surface, Mexican Americans and Mexican immigrants to the United States seem to share a common cultural identity but often make uneasy neighbors. Discrimination and assimilationist policies have influenced...


Social Stratification and Mobility in Central Veracruz

by Hugo G. Nutini

Since the Revolution of 1910, Mexican society has undergone a profound transformation, characterized by the disempowerment of the landed aristocracy and the rise of a new ruling class of plutocrats and politicians;...


The Maya Tropical Forest: People, Parks, and Ancient Cities

by James D. Nations

The Maya Tropical Forest, which occupies the lowlands of southern Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, is the closest rainforest to the United States and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Western...


The River Has Never Divided Us: A Border History of La Junta de los Rios

by Jefferson Morgenthaler

Not quite the United States and not quite Mexico, La Junta de los Rios straddles the border between Texas and Chihuahua, occupying the basin formed by the conjunction of the Rio Grande and the Rio Conchos. It...


Voices from the Global Margin: Confronting Poverty and Inventing New Lives in the Andes

by William P. Mitchell

Voices from the Global Margin looks behind the generalities of debates about globalization to explore the personal impact of global forces on the Peruvian poor. In this highly readable ethnography, William Mitchell...


From Cuenca to Queens: An Anthropological Story of Transnational Migration

by Ann Miles

Transnational migration is a controversial and much-discussed issue in both the popular media and the social sciences, but at its heart migration is about individual people making the difficult choice to leave...


Border Citizens: The Making of Indians, Mexicans, and Anglos in Arizona

by Eric V. Meeks

Borders cut through not just places but also relationships, politics, economics, and cultures. Eric V. Meeks examines how ethno-racial categories and identities such as Indian, Mexican, and Anglo crystallized...


Ancient Maya Commoners

by Jon C. Lohse & Fred, Jr. Valdez

Much of what we currently know about the ancient Maya concerns the activities of the elites who ruled the societies and left records of their deeds carved on the monumental buildings and sculptures that remain...


Adoring the Saints: Fiestas in Central Mexico

by Yolanda Lastra, Joel Sherzer & Dina Sherzer

Mexico is famous for spectacular fiestas that embody its heart and soul. An expression of the cult of the saint, patron saint fiestas are the centerpiece of Mexican popular religion and of great importance to...


Banana Cultures: Agriculture, Consumption, and Environmental Change in Honduras and the United States

by John Soluri

Bananas, the most frequently consumed fresh fruit in the United States, have been linked to Miss Chiquita and Carmen Miranda, "banana republics," and Banana Republic clothing stores-everything from exotic kitsch,...


Aryan Cowboys: White Supremacists and the Search for a New Frontier, 1970-2000

by Evelyn A. Schlatter

During the last third of the twentieth century, white supremacists moved, both literally and in the collective imagination, from midnight rides through Mississippi to broadband-wired cabins in Montana. But while...


Of Wonders and Wise Men: Religion and Popular Cultures in Southeast Mexico, 1800-1876

by Terry Rugeley

In the tumultuous decades following Mexico's independence from Spain, religion provided a unifying force among the Mexican people, who otherwise varied greatly in ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Accordingly,...


Weaving and Dyeing in Highland Ecuador

by Ann Pollard Rowe, Laura M. Miller & Lynn A. Meisch

Although less well known than its much-admired counterparts in Peru and Bolivia, highland Ecuadorian weaving is an Andean tradition that has relationships with these more southern areas. A world away from the...


Globalization in Rural Mexico: Three Decades of Change

by Frances Abrahamer Rothstein

When the ever-intensifying global marketplace "modernizes" rural communities, who stands to gain? Can local residents most impacted by changes to their social fabric ever recover or even identify what has been...