This course provides an in-depth study of Maya culture and civilization, from the ancient to the contemporary. We will consider how academic disciplines such as archaeology, ethnography, and history have understood the Maya and how these perspectives both support and work against portrayals of the Maya in popular culture. The course is divided into several parts broken down along both chronological and disciplinary lines and covers the following topics: Origins of Maya Civilization; the "invention" of Maya culture through archaeology and ethnography of the Maya; the contemporary Maya of Mexico, Central America, and beyond; political activism and cultural revitalization movements; consuming Maya Culture; and cultural tourism.
COURSE FORMAT: Lecture/Discussion
Level: UGRD Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ANTH Grading Mode: Graded
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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