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By Evon Zartman Vogt

Fieldwork one of the Maya is a private chronicle of the Harvard Chiapas undertaking, written by means of the fellow who initiated it in 1957 and guided it via thirty-five years of in depth ongoing study. starting along with his youth in New Mexico and insights into how and why he grew to become an anthropologist, Vogt strikes directly to describe the most important positive factors of the Chiapas undertaking, which used to be a long-range ethnographic software to explain systematically, for the 1st time, and to investigate the Tzotzil-Maya cultures of the distant highlands of Chiapas. The target was once to appreciate how those modern Mayas are regarding the prehistoric vintage Maya and the way their cultures are altering as they confront the trendy international. preserving a fragile stability among the technical and the non-public, Vogt reviews on alterations in anthropological types and techniques, describes in brilliant phrases (often funny, occasionally poignant) the day by day lives of the researchers and their informants, and depicts truly the fun, the rewards, and the risks encountered within the box via social antrhropologists.

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I was shaken by these displays of aggression, especially since I can recall only one real fistfight in my lifeat the age of six, on my first day in school, I fought with a Mormon classmate for the affections of a pretty girl we both fancied. I do not remember who won. Other early memories of other cultures included attending the all-night Squaw Dances of the neighboring Navahos. Here by the open campfires under the brilliant southwestern stars, the young Navaho men would pound on a drum and sing their incredible melodies that ranged over two octaves as their bodies swayed back and forth in the firelight.

As long as he Page 23 My first trip to the Rainbow Bridge, 1935. lived, he assisted us in countless ways other than supplying us with money. He helped us secure jobs and made various arrangements for room and board through his network of college friends. It was clear that I would need funds to attend the University of Chicago, so I decided to work for a year between high school and college. In the summer of 1936, I served as the ranger of El Morro National Monument where I lived in a small cabin and cooked for myself.

Clyde came to love the Southwest and returned again and again. On several occasions when he came, he would bring books for the Vogt Ranch library. I recall especially Homer's Odyssey and Alexander Dumas's Three Musketeers. Reading these books expanded my intellectual horizons from the Southwest to the larger world of literature and scholarship. From 1932 to 1934 Clyde taught at the University of New Mexico and made a number of trips to the Ramah area. Beginning in 1936 he began his formal anthropological study of the Ramah Navaho.

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