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Mayo Ethnobotany – Land, History, and Traditional Knowledge in Northwest Mexico - California Scholarship Online
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Mayo Ethnobotany: Land, History, and Traditional Knowledge in Northwest Mexico

David Yetman and Thomas Van Devender


The Mayos, an indigenous people of northwestern Mexico, live in small towns spread over southern Sonora and northern Sinaloa, lands of remarkable biological diversity. Traditional Mayo knowledge is quickly being lost as this culture becomes absorbed into modern Mexico. Moreover, as big agriculture spreads into the region, the natural biodiversity of these lands is also rapidly disappearing. This ethnobotany, based on hundreds of interviews with the Mayos and illustrated with photographs, helps preserve our knowledge of both an indigenous culture and an endangered environment. It contains a com ... More

Keywords: Mayos, indigenous people, northwestern Mexico, southern Sonora, northern Sinaloa, biological diversity, tropical deciduous forests, thornscrub, Sea of Cortés, Sierra Madre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520227217
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520227217.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Yetman, author

Thomas Van Devender, author