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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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Historical and Contemporary Mayos

Historical and Contemporary Mayos

(p.30) 3 Historical and Contemporary Mayos
Mayo Ethnobotany

David Yetman

Thomas R. Van Devender

University of California Press

This chapter attempts to clarify the historic and present land tenure in northwestern Mexico in a way that is sympathetic to the Mayos. It explains that at the time of Jesuit contact, the Mayo economy was based on corn, beans, squash, cotton, game, and a few other domesticated crops that they raised in the fertile delta floodplain. Today, most Mayos work as jornaleros, day laborers in fields, usually for agribusiness enterprises. Those Mayos living where monte is still available supplement their cash earnings with diverse materials gathered and gleaned near their homes.

Keywords:   Mayos, land tenure, northwestern Mexico, domesticated crops, delta floodplain, jornaleros, agribusiness enterprises, monte

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