Ballplayers and Bonesetters: One Hundred Ancient Aztec and Maya Jobs You Might Have Adored or Abhorredby Laurie Coulter, Martha Newbigging (Illustrator)
A humorously illustrated guide to 100 historically accurate jobs in pre-conquest Mesoamerica offers a unique view of one of the most remarkable civilizations of all time. The book includes timeline, further readings and index.
Following a readable and humorous overview of the highly developed Aztec and Maya civilizations, this lively text lists 100 jobs that a young person might have held or aspired to during the Late Postclassic period in Mesoamerica (1350 to 1521). Twelve chapters list city-state jobs; pyramid temple-building opportunities; palace work; food and drink jobs; everyday crafts; luxury crafts; trade and market positions; temple placements; ceremonial jobs; military service; health and beauty occupations; and beast, bird, and bug work. Some of the careers sound like contemporary ones: professional ball player (okay, no version of ball that we know, but still) and midwife. Others, such as Volador or Calpulli Governor, are specific to the time and place. Taken as a whole, the descriptions of the vocations yield a rich view of the culture, and the breezy text makes this as much a browsing as a reference title. The colorful cartoon illustrations enhance the text, adding just the right artistic complement. An afterword tells what became of these complex cultures subsequent to the Spanish conquest, and a brief list of recommended reading and sound index round out the whole. Paired with Elizabeth Lewis's Mexican Art and Culture (Raintree, 2004), which is a more traditional informational book, this title would be a useful classroom tool. It remains, regardless, a solid purchase for elementary school and public libraries.-Ann Welton, Helen B. Stafford Elementary, Tacoma, WA
- Annick Press, Limited
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- Product dimensions:
- 8.10(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.30(d)
- Age Range:
- 9 - 11 Years
Meet the Author
Laurie Coulter is the author of six books, including Secrets in Stone: All About Maya Hieroglyphs. She lives in Toronto.
Martha Newbigging has illustrated many books, including Research Ate My Brain, Attack of the Killer Video Book and two other books in this series: Cowboys and Coffin Makers and Archers, Alchemists and 98 Other Medieval Jobs You Might Have Loved or Loathed. She lives in rural Ontario.
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