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This document presents a bibliography of works dealing with the modern Maya. The titles listed are intended to complement the many academic studies devoted to the present day Maya. The document is divided into four sections: (1) personal histories, (2) dream analyses, (3) folktales, and (4) pictorial works. Each section is further divided between materials dealing with or originating in Mexico and Guatemala. All of these sources can illustrate cultural traits not usually discussed in traditional anthropological works. As far as possible, the texts listed allow the Mayas to speak for themselves, so that the reader may better understand their society. The items show that certain areas and peoples tend to be favored by researchers, and are continually restudied. The Tzotzil in southern Mexico are an example: they have been extensively documented since a project begun in 1957. Such studies have wider application, however, as such a high degree of homogeneity exists in the Mesoamerican area that, although individual cultures may differ in detail, the overall patterns are similar. The personal histories section lists 10 items dealing with Guatemala and seven from Mexico. The listings on dreams includes two items. The folktales section consists of four entries on Guatemala, and eight on Mexico. Pictorial works are two listings from Guatemala, and four from Mexico. Several items in the pictorial and personal history sections deal with political violence that escalated in Guatemala in the 1980s. (DK)

Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian Literature, American Indian Studies, Annotated Bibliographies, Anthropology, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Legends

Autor: Pardue, David


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