Mayeros: A Yucatec Maya Family

by George Ancona

Photographer George Ancona returns to his roots, a small Mayan village in Yucatán,... read more

Photographer George Ancona returns to his roots, a small Mayan village in Yucatán, Mexico, to document the lives of one family who lives there, as seen through the eyes of their two young sons, Armando and Gaspár. The integration of traditional Mayan customs with contemporary Mexican life is evident in every aspect of their daily living, as Ancona explains in his cogent text. Throughout the book, his excellent color photographs are accompanied by reproductions of ancient Mayan artwork, showing Armando and Gaspár's ancestors engaged in exactly the same pursuit, from grinding spices with a metate, to carrying a heavy load with a tumpline, to sitting at a desk in school, writing. (Ages 7-11)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1997

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