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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Villa Rojas, Alfonso
The Maya of east central Quintana Roo
Published By: Original publisher
Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institution of Washington.
1945. xii, 182 p., plates ill.
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
Alfonso Villa R.
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Maya (Yucatán Peninsula) (NV10)
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Acculturation and culture contact (177);
Cereal agriculture (243);
Division of labor by gender (462);
Arranging a marriage (584);
Kinship terminology (601);
Kin relationships (602);
External relations (648);
Spirits and gods (776);
Organized ceremonial (796);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
The subtribe of X-Cacal in Quintana Roo was selected for
study as an illustration of one end of the folk-urban continuum in Yucatan. Since the group
was isolated, the Villa Rojas supposed their culture might be more stable and unmodified.
However, he does point out later in the text that a 'new and distinctive culture' was
produced in the nineteenth century as a result of isolation following the War of the Castes
(1847-1853). Some unique features were the politico-religious system of social control
centering around the Cult of the Cross, and the division into military companies. After a
preliminary reconnaissance in 1932, Villa Rojas returned the following year as a traveling
merchant in order to establish rapport with the group. The major part of the investigation
(1935-1936) was carried out employing more usual ethnographic methods. The sum total of
time in the field was one year. Part I of the source is a history of Quintana Roo providing
a background to Part II, which is a comprehensive ethnographic account of the culture of
the subtribe. Although there are nine communities, most of the data were gathered in
X-Cacal and Tusik villages. An annotated bibliography of the Caste War and Allied Topics,
by Howard F. Cline appears as Appendix C.
Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents
Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits.
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Language: Language that the document is written in
Includes bibliographical references (p. 179-182)
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Joan Steffens ; 1965
Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date).
prehistory - ca. 1937
Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site)
X-Cacal subtribe, Quintana Roo, Mexico
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings