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Maya Cultural Activism in Guatemala

Mary, Michael, and Lucifer: Folk Catholicism in Central Mexico

Maya Saints and Souls in a Changing World

Weaving Identities: Construction of Dress and Self in a Highland Guatemala Town

The Mexican Urban Household: Organizing for Self-Defense

Children in the Muslim Middle East

Fighters and Singers: The lives of some Australian Aboriginal women

by Isobel White, Diane Barwick & Betty Meehan

The literature on Australian Aborigines is vast, but much of it is strangely silent about the experiences and activities of women. This collection of stories of the eventful lives and strong characters of a...


Unfinished Conversations: Mayas and Foreigners Between Two Wars

by Paul Sullivan

A century ago, European and North American archaeologists first came upon the extraordinary ruins of Chichen Itza and Tulum—and started to converse with the Mayas who inhabited the forests of the Yucatan....


A Guide to B.C. Indian Myth and Legend

by Ralph Maud

The luminaries of field research in British Columbia – Boas, Teit, Hill-Tout, Barbeau, and others – are discussed, their work evaluated.


Learning and Calamities: Practices, Interpretations, Patterns

by Heike Egner & Marén|Voss, Martin Schorch

It is widely assumed that humanity should be able to learn from calamities (e.g., emergencies, disasters, catastrophes) and that the affected individuals, groups, and enterprises, as well as the concerned (disaster-)...


The Malay Archipelago

by Alfred Russell Wallace

Fans of geography and travel writing should definitely spend some time with Alfred Russell Wallace's fascinating volume The Malay Archipelago. Compiled through decades of research, this book provides an exhaustive...


Domestic Manners of the Americans

by Frances Trollope

In the early 1800s, an English writer named Frances Trollope spent some time touring the then-very-young country of America with her son Henry, dividing most of her time between Cincinnati and a utopian camp...


Civilisation: Its Cause and Cure: And Other Essays

by Edward Carpenter

British-born thinker and activist Edward Carpenter proposes a number of novel ideas in this engaging collection of essays. Chief among them is the notion that most of the civilized societies that have emerged...


The Last Cannibals: A South American Oral History

by Ellen B. Basso

An especially comprehensive study of Brazilian Amazonian Indian history, The Last Cannibals is the first attempt to understand, through indigenous discourse, the emergence of Upper Xingú society. Drawing on...


Tangweera: Life and Adventures Among Gentle Savages

by C. Napier Bell & Philip A. Dennis

In the 1980s, conflicts between the Miskito people of Nicaragua's eastern coast and the Sandinistas drew international attention. Indeed, the Miskitos' struggle to defend their cultural autonomy and land rights...


Ritual Humor in Highland Chiapas

by Victoria Reifler Bricker

Zinacantan, Chamula, and Chenalhó are neighboring Mayan communities situated in highland Chiapas, Mexico, near the city of San Cristóbal Las Casas. The inhabitants of the three communities speak dialects of...


Indians Into Mexicans: History and Identity in a Mexican Town

by David Frye

The people of Mexquitic, a town in the state of San Luis Potosí in rural northeastern Mexico, have redefined their sense of identity from "Indian" to "Mexican" over the last two centuries. In this ethnographic...


The Life of Our Language: Kaqchikel Maya Maintenance, Shift, and Revitalization

by Susan Garzon, R. McKenna Brown & Julia Becker Richards

The native Maya peoples of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize have been remarkably successful in maintaining their cultural identity during centuries of contact with and domination by outside groups. Yet...


The Mixe of Oaxaca: Religion, Ritual, and Healing

by Frank J. Lipp & Munro S. Edmonson

The Mixe of Oaxaca was the first extensive ethnography of the Mixe, with a special focus on Mixe religious beliefs and rituals and the curing practices associated with them. It records the procedures, design-plan,...


Tambo: Life in an Andean Village

by Julia Meyerson

Perhaps the best way to sharpen one's power's of observation is to be a stranger in a strange land. Julia Meyerson was one such stranger during a year in the village of 'Tambo, Peru, where her husband was conducting...