Endangered Peoples of Latin America: Struggles to Survive and Thrive

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Latin America comprises varied biophysical environments and diverse populations living in widely disparate economic circumstances. Endangered Peoples of Latin America: Struggles to Survive and Thrive includes peoples hit hardest by the current globalization trend. Each chapter profiles a specific people or peoples with a cultural overview of their history, subsistence strategies, social and political organization, and religion and world view; threats to their survival; and responses to these threats. A section entitled Food for Thought provides questions that encourage a personal engagement with the experiences of these peoples, and a resource guide suggests further reading and lists films and videos and pertinent organizations and web sites. As the curriculum expands to include more multicultural and indigenous peoples, this unique volume will be valuable to both students and teachers.

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In thirteen chapters authored by eminent anthropologists and educators, this volume takes a close look at various Latin American indigenous or marginalized groups whose survival in today's world is at stake. Among these endangered groups are the Kuna of Panama, the Villagers at the edge of Mexico City, the Awa of Ecuador, the English-speaking Bay Islanders of Honduras, and the Quechua of the Peruvian Andes. These groups, as well as others mentioned, have attained a degree of success in maintaining their traditional cultures and ancestral way of life. Nevertheless they face mounting social, economic, and environmental pressures, not only from the outside world but also from within, as internal divisive factions get in the way of a solid, unified front to preserve their ancient ways, coexist in an increasingly demanding modern society, and confront an uncertain future. Each chapter addresses the individual group's problems and provides a cultural overview that includes the various threats to its existence as well as the efforts to survive culturally. The chapters end with probing questions about the issues covered, source notes, a resource guide, Web sites, and in some cases, lists of videos, films, and support organizations where available. Part of the thought-provoking Endangered Peoples of the World series, this comprehensive, informative book is mainly for the mature teen with a serious interest in anthropology in general and in Latin American cultures and social issues in particular. Glossary. Index. Photos. Maps. VOYA CODES: 4Q 2P J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9;Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Greenwood, 264p. PLB $45. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Delia A. Culberson SOURCE: VOYA, February 2002 (Vol. 24, No.6)
Based upon recent fieldwork, 13 contributions from anthropologists describe conditions facing indigenous and marginalized groups in Mexico, Central America, and South America. They discuss the negative effects of globalization on local economies and environments, on health and nutrition, and on control of land and other natural resources. Some of the groups profiled include the Mayans of Central Quintana Roo in Mexico, artisanal fisherfolk of the Gulf of Fonseca, the Kuna of Panama, and the Quechua of the Peruvian Andes. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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SUSAN C. STONICH is Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
1 The Mayans of Central Quintana Roo 3
2 The Rural People of Mexico's Northwest Coast 19
3 Villagers at the Edge of Mexico City 39
Central Americans
4 Artisanal Fisherfolk of the Gulf of Fonesca 53
5 The English-Speaking Bay Islanders 71
6 The Miskito of Honduras and Nicaragua 87
7 Indigenous and Ladino Peoples of the Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras 101
8 The Ngobe of Western Panama 121
9 The Kuna of Panama 137
10 The Tz'utujil Maya of Guatemala 153
South Americans
11 The Awa of Ecuador 173
12 The Otavalenos of the Ecuadorian Highlands 189
13 The Quechua of the Peruvian Andes 205
Glossary 219
Index 221
About the Contributors 231
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