Mayo ethnobotany : land, history, and traditional knowledge in northwest Mexico /
David Yetman and Thomas R. Van Devender.
Berkeley ; London : University of California Press, c2002.
xiii, 359 p. : ill., maps.
0520227212 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Berkeley ; London : University of California Press, c2002.
0520227212 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
David Yetman is Associate Research Social Scientist at The Southwest Center at the University of Arizona He is host of the PBS series The Desert Speaks Thomas R. Van Devender is Senior Research Scientist at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. He has published many articles on the ecology and evolution of the Sonoran desert and has done pioneering research to determine ancient climates and vegetation change through studies of packrat middens
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"David Yetman and Tom Van Devender and their Mayo consultants vividly bring to life a great depth of indigenous information in a thoroughly enjoyable and accessible manner. Here is a detailed account of a fast receding way of life from the arid edge of the American tropics presented by the leading researchers in the field. The Mayos are an enduring people and this book does them honor."--Richard Stephen Felger, Executive Director, Drylands Institute, Tucson, AZ "Yetman and Van Devender, with abundant help from their knowledgable ethnobotanical teachers, the Mayo Indians of southern Sonora, reveal the botanical secrets of a vanishing habitat. This book is invaluable for ethnobotanists, a treasure chest for tropical afficionados, and a delight to all those with a love of wild plants in wild habitats."--Paul S. Martin, Emeritus Professor of Geosciences, University of Arizona
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Appeared in Choice on 2002-07-01:
The Mayo people of Sinaloa and Sonora, Mexico live in one of the most unique and complex habitats in North America: the land where Sonoran desert vegetation merges into the rich and unique dry-forest of the west Mexican coast. The Mayo habitat ranges from coast and lagoon to high, rugged mountains. Like other Native American peoples, they know most of their plants well and have uses for all of the common and many of the rare ones. Researchers Yetman (Southwest Center, Univ. of Arizona) and Van Devender (Arizona Sonora Desert Museum) have spent many months over the past several years living with the Mayo and recording their plant uses. The result is an excellent, thorough, detailed study. Well written and illustrated with fine black-and-white photographs, it will satisfy the most demanding scholar but also entertain and enlighten casual tourists interested in "those weird-looking plants" along the main highways. The desperate need to conserve this rapidly declining flora is stressed throughout. This study complements similar works on neighboring peoples; the arid lands of northwest Mexico and the southwestern US are now probably the best-known areas of the world in terms of ethnobotany. Essential for specialists and serious students; highly recommended to anyone driving through Sinaloa. E. N. Anderson University of California, Riverside
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Long Description
The Mayos, an indigenous people of northwestern Mexico, live in small towns spread over southern Sonora and northern Sinaloa, lands of remarkable biological diversity. Traditional Mayo knowledge is quickly being lost as this culture becomes absorbed into modern Mexico. Moreover, as big agriculture spreads into the region, the natural biodiversity of these lands is also rapidly disappearing. This engaging and accessible ethnobotany, based on hundreds of interviews with the Mayos and illustrated with the authors' strikingly beautiful photographs, helps preserve our knowledge of both an indigenous culture and an endangered environment. This book contains a comprehensive description of northwest Mexico's tropical deciduous forests and thornscrub on the traditional Mayo lands reaching from the Sea of CortÉs to the foothills of the Sierra Madre. The first half of the book is a highly readable account of the climate, geology, and vegetation of the region. The authors also provide a valuable history of the people, their language, culture, festival traditions, and plant use. The second half of the book is an annotated list of plants presenting the authors' detailed findings on plant use in Mayo culture.
Main Description
An ethnobotany of the Mayo Indians in northwestern Mexico.
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text contains a comprehensive description of northwest Mexico's forests on the Mayo lands. It looks at the climate, geology, and vegetation of the region, and provides a history of the people, their language, culture and traditions.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
The People and the Landp. 3
A Brief Ethnography of the Mayosp. 16
Historical and Contemporary Mayosp. 30
Plant and Animal Lifep. 62
Eight Plants That Make Mayos Mayosp. 79
Plant Usesp. 109
An Annotated List of Plantsp. 127
Mayo Region Place Names and Their Meaningsp. 273
Yoreme Consultantsp. 276
Gazetteer of the Mayo Regionp. 281
Mayo Plants Listed by Spanish Namep. 293
Mayo Plants Listed by Mayo Namep. 303
Glossary of Mayo and Spanish Termsp. 313
Notesp. 319
Works Citedp. 331
Indexp. 337
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