MAIZE DIVERSITY AND CULTURAL CHANGE IN A MAYA AGROECOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE

Steinberg, Michael (1999) MAIZE DIVERSITY AND CULTURAL CHANGE IN A MAYA AGROECOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE. Journal of Ethnobiology, 19 (1). pp. 127-139.

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    Abstract

    Much research has been conducted investigating impacts of introduced crop varieties on local crop plants. It has been demonstrated in many settings that the diversity of local land races declines once so called "improved" varieties are introduced. My research in southern Belize among the Mopan Maya fOWld that certain maize land races are planted by a dwindling number of people. However, this decline is unrelated to introduced varieties. Inslead, my research has found that traditional varieties decline once their cultural significance is weakened by social change. This paper examines how cultural change among the Mopan Maya has affected the maize diversity in southern Belize. This paper also discusses the symbolic meaning of maize among the Mopan, and their role in maize evolution.

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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      Unique ID or DOI: 10.1111/0033-0124.00129
      Publisher: Steinberg
      Keywords: maize varieties, cultural change, missionaries.
      Subjects: (Z) Other or Unspecified
      Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3D) Other or Unspecified
      Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2014 09:12
      Last Modified: 12 Mar 2014 09:12
      URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1423

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