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Mayo Ethnobotany: Land, History, and Traditional Knowledge in Northwest Mexico

By: David Yetman and Thomas R Van Devender

359 pages, B/w photos, illus, maps

University of California Press

Hardback | Jan 2002 | #121941 | ISBN: 0520227212
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Contains a comprehensive description of northwest Mexico's tropical deciduous forests and thornscrub on the traditional Mayo land reaching from the Sea of Cortes 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 second half of the book is an annotated list of plants presenting the authors' detailed findings on plant use in Mayo culture.


Preface Acknowledgments Part One 1. The People and the Land 2. A Brief Ethnography of the Mayos 3. Historical and Contemporary Mayos 4. Plant and Animal Life 5. Eight Plants That Make Mayos Mayos Part Two 6. Plant Uses 7. An Annotated List of Plants Appendix A. Mayo Region Place Names and Their Meanings Appendix B. Yoreme Consultants Appendix C. Gazetteer of the Mayo Region Appendix D. Mayo Plants Listed by Spanish Name Appendix E. Mayo Plants Listed by Mayo Name Appendix F. Glossary of Mayo and Spanish Terms Notes Works Cited Index

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David Yetman is Associate Research Social Scientist at The Southwest Center at the University of Arizona and author of Where the Desert Meets the Sea: A Trader in the Land of the Seri Indians (1988), Sonora: An Intimate Geography (1996), and Scattered Round Stones: A Mayo Village in Sonora, Mexico (1998). Thomas R. Van Devender is Senior Research Scientist at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. He has published many articles on desert geology and ecology.

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