To support the educational and professional advancement of the Maya people and neighboring indigenous cultures in southern Mexico, Belize and Central America, and to sustain programs that foster study, preservation and understanding of those cultures.
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P.O. Box 1483
Wellfleet, MA 02667, USA 
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James Howe, Un pueblo que no se arrodillaba: Panamá, los Estados Unidos y los kunas de San Blas. Serie monográfica 13. La Antigua Guatemala: CIRMA y Plumsock Mesoamerican Studies, 2004. Traducción de Ana Ríos. xvi + 461 págs. Fotografías, ilustraciones, mapas, notas, bibliografía e índice analítico. ISBN 0-910443-21-1.

US$ 22.00 (25.4 x 17.6 cm, en rústica) 

As they expanded, most nations in the Western Hemisphere relegated indigenous peoples to the lowest social levels, stealing their land, diminishing their populations, exploiting their labor, and flattening their cultures. Few have gone quietly, however, and some, including the San Blas Kuna of Panama, have won enduring victories.
     Tapping into an unusual wealth of historical documents and native testimony to tell the extraordinary story of the Kuna struggle against outside domination during the first quarter of the twentieth century, James Howe illuminates the triangular relationship among a weak Panamanian government, an Indian people who used the political methods of a national society to resist, and the hemisphere’s dominant nation, a colonial power that had supposedly renounced colonialism.

Don Dumond, El machete y la cruz: la sublevación de campesinos en Yucatán. México: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Plumsock Mesoamerican Studies y Maya Educational Foundation, 2005. Traducción de Luis F. Verano. 681 págs. Figuras, mapas, fotografías, cuadros y bibliografía. ISBN 970-32-2309-5.

US$ 30.00 (22.5 x 17 cm, en rústica)

Violent class struggles and ethnic conflict mark much of the history of Latin America, continuing in some regions even today. Perhaps the worst and most prolonged of these conflicts was the guerra de las castas or “Caste War,” an Indian rebellion that tore apart the Yucatan Peninsula for much of the nineteenth century (1847–1903). The struggle was not only ethnic, pitting indigenous peoples against a Hispanic or Hispanicized ruling class, but also economic, involving attacks by rural campesinos on plantation owners, merchants, overseers, and townspeople. The rebels met with sporadic and limited success but still managed at times to remove whole portions of the Yucatan Peninsula from state control.
     Don E. Dumond’s work is the anticipated complete history of the Caste War. Drawing on primary sources, he presents the first comprehensive description of this turbulent century of conflict in Yucatan and sets forth a carefully argued analysis of the reasons and broader social, political, and economic processes underlying the struggle.


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