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Mayo EthnobotanyLand, History, and Traditional Knowledge in Northwest Mexico$
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David Yetman and Thomas Van Devender

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780520227217

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520227217.001.0001

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The People and the Land

The People and the Land

(p.3) 1 The People and the Land
Mayo Ethnobotany

David Yetman

Thomas R. Van Devender

University of California Press

This chapter focuses on the Mayo people and their land. The Mayos used to occupy the plant communities of the Rio Mayo delta's flatlands and beaches. After the areas were occupied by colonists, the Mayo villages found themselves scattered along more than one hundred fifty kilometers of the Gulf of California coast from northwest of Huatabampo to near Topolobampo, Sinaloa. Most Mayos work as day laborers in fields irrigated by Madrean waters and in many cases they are low-paid workers in the fields that belonged to their ancestors. One of the most prominent and famous Mayos was former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Fernando Valenzuela.

Keywords:   Mayo people, plant communities, Rio Mayo delta, Gulf of California, Huatabampo, Topolobampo, Sinaloa, Madrean waters, Fernando Valenzuela

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