Book Analysis of 'Katun: A Twenty Year Journey with the Maya'

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Book Analysis of "Katun: A Twenty Year Journey with the Maya" The Mayan people of the Yucatan Peninsula have endured great changes over their history, but many changes have occurred more recently as documented in the book by Cindy Hull. During a study in which she lived in Yaxbe for several decades, Hull examined the effects that this change has had on the people of the village and the Mayan people at large. Initially, Hull found that much was different about living with the people because she was used to the US Midwest. She was not used to the diet or to the family structure she found among the people, but she quickly adjusted to the changes and became a member of the village. Her task while she was there was to discover the social structure of the clan and how the culture has changed over time. She conducted a longitudinal study (one in which she became an integral member of the tribe) because she wanted to understand the people from a basal level. She believed that, despite the differences to what she experienced in her normal life, that the hardships she would face would get her closer to understanding the culture she was studying. One of the primary changes Hull described is how people make money now versus how their economy previously functioned. The primary money maker for the past two hundred years has been the henequen plants and factories that dot the Yucatan. The cactus is broken down and the fibrous inner tissue is used to make products such as rope, burlap

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