The Mayan Tribe

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The Mayan Tribe

Living Conditions-They live in houses with adobe walls, small shuttered windows, roofs of tile or corrugated metal, and a floor of hard-packed dirt.-Couples generally marry in their late teens or early twenties. -Maya garments are commonly decorated with colorful embroidery. The designs, which include humans, animals, and plants, often have some religious significance. Men often wear the traditional tunics -Sunday afternoons after church are the most popular time for recreation. Many people stroll the village streets or relax in local parks. Popular forms of musical entertainment include mariachi bands.-The Maya of Yucatán, like many other Mexicans, suffer from overpopulation, unemployment, and periods of political unrest.

The Mayan Tribe

The Maya's live in southeastern Mexico and northern Central America, including Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. Altogether, their homelands cover an area of approximately 125,000 square miles. Their population consists of approximately 8-10 million.

Topography: Volcanic Mountains were situated in the highlands in the south. In the central and northern regions, lowlands were covered by rain forests.Climate/ weather: February to May was the dry season characterized by hot air. The climate of the highlands greatly contrasted with that of the lowlands as it was much cooler and drier.

Most Maya today speak Spanish. The two Mayan languages of the Classic period, Yucatecan and Cholan, have subdivided into about thirty separate languages. The most widely spoken are Mam, Quiché, Kekchí, and Cakchiquel.

The lowlands primarily produced crops which were used for their own personal consumption, the principle cultigen being maize. They also grew squash, beans, and chili peppers.

The main means of transport for most Maya is the bus. People often travel from remote villages to the larger market towns. In some areas, boats are used for public transportation.

The Maya are educated at either public or Catholic schools. In Guatemala, a half-dozen Catholic-run boarding schools are the main source of education for those wishing to progress beyond the basic education available in the villages.


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