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The People and the Land

David Yetman and Thomas R. Van Devender

in Mayo Ethnobotany

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520227217
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926356 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520227217.003.0001
The People and the Land

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This chapter focuses on the Mayo people and their land. The Mayos used to occupy the plant communities of the Rio Mayo delta's flatlands and beaches. After the areas were occupied by colonists, the Mayo villages found themselves scattered along more than one hundred fifty kilometers of the Gulf of California coast from northwest of Huatabampo to near Topolobampo, Sinaloa. Most Mayos work as day laborers in fields irrigated by Madrean waters and in many cases they are low-paid workers in the fields that belonged to their ancestors. One of the most prominent and famous Mayos was former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela.

Keywords: Mayo people; plant communities; Rio Mayo delta; Gulf of California; Huatabampo; Topolobampo; Sinaloa; Madrean waters; Fernando Valenzuela

Chapter.  4595 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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