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"The only true people" : linking Maya identities past and present

Summary: In The Only True People, a multidisciplinary group of archaeologists, linguists, ethnographers, ethnohistorians, and epigraphers evaluate views of Maya history and prehistory in order to more accurately characterize the unique nature of the people known as the Maya by exploring the construction of their identities in the past and the present. Each author evaluates what makes identifiable sociocultural units, or "ethnicities," distinctive, investigating ethnicity at a number of Maya sites across different time periods: from the northern reaches of the Yucatan to the Southern Periphery, and from the Classic period to the modern day. The volume challenges the notion of an ethnically homogenous "Maya people" within their region and chronology, and the authors explain how their work contributes to the definition of "ethnicity" for ancient Maya society.

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  • OCLC: ocn973847546
  • ISBN: 160732721X
  • ISBN: 9781607326991
  • ISBN: 1607325667
  • ISBN: 9781607327219
  • ISBN: 160732699X
  • ISBN: 9781607325666
  • ISBN: 1607325675
  • ISBN: 9781607325673
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource.
  • Publisher: Boulder : University Press of Colorado, [2017]

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Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Introduction : On constructing a shared understanding of historical pasts and nearing futures / Bethany J. Beyyette -- Reimaging the world : Maya religious practices and the construction of ethnicity in Mesoamerican frame / Mathew C. Samson -- From ethnogenesis to ethnoexodus : Mayas, Dzulo'ob, and the politics of identity in Yucat√°n / Juan Castillo Cocom, Timoteo Rodriguez, McCale Ashenbrener -- Itzaj and Mopan identities in Peten, Guatemala / Charles Andrew Hofling -- Maya ethnogenesis and group identity in Yucatan, 1500-1900 / Matthew Restall, Wolfgang Gabbert -- Differentiation among Maya speakers : evidence from comparative linguistics and from hieroglyphic texts / Martha J. Macri -- Right place, right time : preconditions for ethnogenesis among the classic Maya of the Upper Belize River Valley / Lisa J. LeCount -- He's Maya, but he's not my brother : exploring the place of ethnicity in classic Maya social organization / Damien B. Marken, Stanley P. Guenter, David A. Freidel -- Considering the edge effect : ethnogenesis and classic period society in the southeastern Maya area / Marcello A. Canuto, Ellen E. Bell -- Copan, Honduras, a multi-ethnic melting pot during the late classic? / Rebecca Storey -- Conclusion / Ed Schortman.
Subject: Mayas -- Ethnic identity

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