Title supplied by Archives staff (unpublished work) - archival collection
Supplementary materials: audio tapes
Full film record shot over a one-year period in the Yucatan Maya village of Chican (Mexico). Footage documents Mayan family life and agricultural practices with a focus on the relationship between traditional religion and the cultivation of corn. Social difficulties which arise from drought, family illness, and a government mandated "collective" orchard that goes against Maya cultural traditions are explored as is the pull of urban life upon a village family. The four-part film series, THE LIVING MAYA, which addresses issues of social change and modernization among the Maya, was produced from this project.
Human Studies Film Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD