A Brief Ethnography of the Mayos

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:
A Brief Ethnography of the Mayos

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This chapter presents a brief ethnographic background of the Mayos. It explains that Mayo towns and villages are generally organized into ejidos or comunidades and highlights the substantial linguistic differences among the geographic divisions of the Mayos. The people who call themselves Mayos are united only by their common language and the fiestas they celebrate and this chapter suggests that in spite of the decline of Mayoness in the region, older villages from Huatabampo south to the Río Fuerte still exude a timelessness and an atmosphere of the traditional Mayo culture.

Keywords: Mayos; ethnographic background; ejidos; comunidades; linguistic differences; fiestas; Huatabampo; Río Fuerte; Mayo culture

Chapter.  3564 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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