Scattered round stones: a Mayo village in Sonora, Mexico

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University of New Mexico Press, 1998 - Social Science - 351 pages
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"From the very first, Teachive captivated me, " David Yetman writes in this ethnography of a Mayo Indian peasant village in Sonora, Mexico. Over the centuries, the Mayos have evolved a profound union between the monte, or thornscrub forest, and their cultural life. With the assistance of resident Vicente Tajia and others, Yetman describes the region's plant and animal life and recounts the stories and traditions that animate the monte for the Mayos. That folk culture, so critical to their identity, is under assault by the global economic revolution. A passionate observer and chronicler, Yetman analyzes how galloping capitalism is destroying the monte and thus eroding traditional Mayo society. Listing Indian, Spanish, and scientific terms, an appendix glosses plants used by the Mayos in the Teachive area.

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one The Land
A Brief History
three The Town

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About the author (1998)

David Yetman is an assistant research social scientist at the University of Arizona Southwest Center in Tucson. He is the host of the PBS program "The Desert Speaks.