Maya Roads

Maya Roads : One Woman's Journey Among the People of the Rainforest

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In "Maya Roads, "McConahay draws upon her three decades of traveling and living in Central America's remote landscapes to create a fascinating chronicle of the people, politics, archaeology, and species of the Central American rainforest, the cradle of Maya civilization. Captivated by the magnificence and mystery of the jungle, the author brings to life the intense beauty, the fantastic locales, the ancient ruins, and the horrific violence. She witnesses archaeological discoveries, the transformation of the Lacandon people, the Zapatista indigenous uprising in Mexico, increased drug trafficking, and assists in the uncovering of a war crime. Over the decades, McConahay has witnessed great changes in the region, and this is a uniquetale of a woman's adventure and the adaptation and resolve of a people."

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  • Paperback | 260 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
  • Chicago Review Press
  • Chicago, ILUnited States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, maps
  • 1569765480
  • 9781569765487
  • 1,149,228

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"What you hold in your hands is a gift of rare courage and insight. McConahay rips off the layers of a little-known world, exposing to us its hypnotic beauty--and violence--through her own experience. The author s familiarity with the region and its people enables her to do what no one else before has done, setting incidents of the current crisis against centuries-old wisdom." Jean Molesky-Poz, author of "Contemporary Maya Spirituality""

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About Mary Jo McConahay

Journalist Mary Jo McConahay began covering Central America as a war correspondent in the 1980s and lived in Guatemala for eleven years. Her work has appeared in "Vogue," "Rolling Stone," the "San Francisco Chronicle," and "Time" and is included in several anthologies.

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