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Maya atlas : the struggle to preserve Maya land in southern Belize /
compiled by the Maya people of southern Belize, in conjunction with the Toledo Maya Cultural Council and the Toledo Alcaldes Association ; with the assistance of Indian Law Resource Center, GeoMap Group, UC Berkeley, and Society for the Preservation of Education and Research.
imprint
Berkeley, Calif. : North Atlantic Books ; [Emeryville, Calif.] : Distributed to the book trade by Publishers Group West, c1997.
description
1 atlas (xi, 154 p.) : ill. (some col.), col. maps ; 28 cm.
ISBN
1556432569
format(s)
Atlas
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imprint
Berkeley, Calif. : North Atlantic Books ; [Emeryville, Calif.] : Distributed to the book trade by Publishers Group West, c1997.
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Scales differ.
isbn
1556432569
general note
Covers human, natural, and cultural resources, history, rainforest management, and current problems in Maya lands.
Data collected and mapped by Mayans of the Mopan and Kekchi villages of the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts.
Includes index.
catalogue key
2666789
A Look Inside
Reviews
Review Quotes
"At a very basic level we are all geographers interested in how and where people live. TheMaya Atlastaps a wellspring of that geographic interst and provides an authentic insider's view of the Mayan's traditional and modern worlds. TheMaya Atlasinstantly transports the reader to villages in the rain forest where the smell of wood smoke hangs in the air, the calls of birds mix with the laughter of children, and the people till their fields by hand and burn incense to the spirits of the Hills and Valleys so the crops will grow abundantly." - Bernard Nietschmann, Professor of Geography, University of California, Berkeley "This village loves this village because its river banks are full of iguanas sunning themselves and its fishes love to bite." - Santiago Chub, Village Researcher, Maya Mapping Project: Santa Anna, Toledo District, and Belize
"At a very basic level we are all geographers interested in how and where people live. The Maya Atlas taps a wellspring of that geographic interst and provides an authentic insider's view of the Mayan's traditional and modern worlds. The Maya Atlas instantly transports the reader to villages in the rain forest where the smell of wood smoke hangs in the air, the calls of birds mix with the laughter of children, and the people till their fields by hand and burn incense to the spirits of the Hills and Valleys so the crops will grow abundantly." - Bernard Nietschmann, Professor of Geography, University of California, Berkeley "This village loves this village because its river banks are full of iguanas sunning themselves and its fishes love to bite." - Santiago Chub, Village Researcher, Maya Mapping Project: Santa Anna, Toledo District, and Belize
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Summaries
Main Description
The Maya Atlas was made by the forty-two Ke'kchi and Mopan Maya communities of southern Belize. The maps, text, drawings, photographs and interviews were done by Maya village researchers and cartographers elected by the communities. In their own words and with their own maps, the Maya describe their land and life, the threats to their culture and rain forest, and their desire to protect and manage their own Homeland. The Atlas is an important step in developing a Maya Homeland. The Maya researchers and cartographers made the Atlas so that their communities, young people and leaders would have a comprehensive, village-by-village, regional understanding of the state of Maya natural and human resources and their traditions of living in harmony with nature - what is being lost, and what needs to be preserved and developed. The Atlas is a window to both the ancient and modern Maya world. The Atlas will appeal to people interested in indigenous rights, environmental issues, Latin America, arts, ethnography, traditional knowledge, community-based conservation, and the New Cartography, which involves cartographers assisting local communities to map their own lands and land use.
Table of Contents
Maps
Foreword
Introductionp. 1
Historyp. 3
Maya Homelandp. 7
People and Placep. 11
Land Usep. 19
Culturep. 25
Village Mapsp. 43
Community Servicesp. 119
Tourismp. 120
Outside Problemsp. 122
Special Topicsp. 128
The Making of the Maya Atlasp. 136
Group Photosp. 148
Afterwordp. 150
Indexp. 151
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