Latin America

The Road to Ruins

By Ian Graham

Graham eloquently describes his well-lived life as a traveler, photographer, and Mayanist.

The Mermaid and the Lobster Diver

Gender, Sexuality, and Money on the Miskito Coast
By Laura Hobson Herlihy

Interspersed with short stories, songs, and incantations, The Mermaid and the Lobster Diver demonstrates the archetypes of femininity and masculinity within Miskitu society, highlighting the power associated with women's sexuality-as manifested in both goddess and human form-and the vulnerable position of men.

A Harvest of Reluctant Souls

Fray Alonso de Benavides's History of New Mexico, 1630
By Alonso de Benavides
Edited and Translated by Baker H. Morrow

The most thorough account ever written of southwestern life in the early seventeenth century, this engaging book was first published in 1630 as an official report to the king of Spain by Fray Alonso de Benavides, a Portuguese Franciscan who was the third head of the mission churches of New Mexico.

Yanantin and Masintin in the Andean World

Complementary Dualism in Modern Peru
By Hillary S. Webb

Yanantin and Masintin in the Andean World is an eloquently written autoethnography in which researcher Hillary S. Webb seeks to understand the indigenous Andean concept of yanantin or "œcomplementary opposites."

Modernizing Minds in El Salvador

Education Reform and the Cold War, 1960-1980
By Héctor Lindo-FuentesErik Ching

In this thoughtful collaborative study, the authors examine the processes by which education reform in El Salvador in the 1960s and 1970s became entwined in debates over theories of modernization and the politics of anticommunism.

A History of Mining in Latin America

From the Colonial Era to the Present
By Kendall Brown

Brown's focus on the legendary mines at Potosí and comparison of its operations to those of other mines in Latin America is a well-written and accessible study that is the first to span the colonial era to the present.

Madre

Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun
By Liza Bakewell

Bakewell's study is part memoir, part travelogue, and part investigation into a culture and its language.

Maya Medicine

Traditional Healing in Yucatán
By Marianna Appel Kunow

The entire process of traditional healing is examined in a small town in the Yucatán Peninsula near the ruins of Chichén Itzá, including the use of medicinal plants, massage, and ritual.

The South American Expeditions, 1540-1545

By Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca
Edited and Translated by Baker H. Morrow

This book is one of the great first-person accounts of the Spanish conquest of the Americas in the sixteenth century. Morrow's new translation makes Cabeza de Vaca's adventures available to a wide English-speaking audience for the first time.

Otavalan Women, Ethnicity, and Globalization

By Linda D'Amico

Gender is at the center of D'Amico's analysis as she looks beyond the overlapping lives of Elsie Clews Parsons and Rosa Lema, both innovators and adept at crossing cultural boundaries, to explore the interrelationship between gender, ethnicity, and globalization.

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