Mayo ethnobotany : land, history, and traditional knowledge in northwest Mexico

Yetman, David, 1941-

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  • Creator David Yetman and Thomas R. Van Devender
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Berkeley : University of California Press, [2002] ©2002
  • Physical Details
    • xiii, 359 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780520227217, 0520227212
  • OCLC ocm47056277


  • "This book contains a comprehensive description of northwest Mexico's tropical deciduous forests and thornscrub on the traditional Mayo lands 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 authors also provide a valuable history of the people and discuss their language, culture, festival traditions, and plant use. The second half of the book is an annotated list of plants presenting the authors' findings on plant use in Mayo culture; it includes an unprecedented lexicon of Mayo plant terminology." "A resource on the botanical riches of northwestern Mexico, this book is also the most comprehensive account of the Mayo people, their history, and their relationship with land. It compellingly bears out the author's conviction that the land and its resources play a major role in the development of culture."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 331-335) and index.


  • 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 -- 6. Plant Uses -- 7. An Annotated List of Plants -- App. A. Mayo Region Place Names and Their Meanings -- App. B. Yoreme Consultants -- App. C. Gazetteer of the Mayo Region -- App. D. Mayo Plants Listed by Spanish Name -- App. E. Mayo Plants Listed by Mayo Name -- App. F. Glossary of Mayo and Spanish Terms
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