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Historical and Contemporary 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520227217.003.0003
Historical and Contemporary Mayos

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This chapter attempts to clarify the historic and present land tenure in northwestern Mexico in a way that is sympathetic to the Mayos. It explains that at the time of Jesuit contact, the Mayo economy was based on corn, beans, squash, cotton, game, and a few other domesticated crops that they raised in the fertile delta floodplain. Today, most Mayos work as jornaleros, day laborers in fields, usually for agribusiness enterprises. Those Mayos living where monte is still available supplement their cash earnings with diverse materials gathered and gleaned near their homes.

Keywords: Mayos; land tenure; northwestern Mexico; domesticated crops; delta floodplain; jornaleros; agribusiness enterprises; monte

Chapter.  12995 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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