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162 pages ; 22 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
Book
xi, 267 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.
  • Part One. Ruins and meaning
  • A day at the ruins
  • Ruins and the state
  • Part Two. The archaeologists
  • The museum men
  • El inspector
  • Part Three. Making patrimony
  • Guarding
  • Inspecting
  • Centralizing
  • Reconstructing
  • Epilogue.
Famous for its majestic ruins, Mexico has gone to great lengths to preserve and display the remains of its pre-Hispanic past. The Pursuit of Ruins argues that the government effort to take control of the ancient remains took off in the late nineteenth century during the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz. Under Diaz Mexico acquired an official history more firmly rooted in Indian antiquity. This prestigious pedigree served to counter Mexico's image as a backward, peripheral nation. The government claimed symbolic links with the great civilizations of pre-Hispanic times as it hauled statues to the National Museum and reconstructed Teotihuacan. Christina Bueno explores the different facets of the Porfirian archaeological project and underscores the contradictory place of indigenous identity in modern Mexico. While the making of Mexico's official past was thought to bind the nation together, it was an exclusionary process, one that celebrated the civilizations of bygone times while disparaging contemporary Indians.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780826357328 20161219
Green Library
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121 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • The public interpretation of archaeological sites
  • A brief history of Mexican archaeology
  • Heritage and archaeological tourism in Mexico and Quintana Roo
  • Living in the Yucatan today
  • Discussion of problems and potential remedies
  • Mexican cultural identity and patrimony in Quintana Roo
  • Public interpretation at Mexican museums
  • Conclusion.
How can we effectively interpret and present one culture to another without stereotypes or over-simplifications? What is the best way to present an authoritative version of a national heritage without also endangering ancient sites or being insensitive to the local customs, beliefs, and religious practices of the indigenous peoples?This volume addresses the ongoing thrust in archaeology to take the next step after preserving the past: Interpreting that past for the future. That future audience includes both local citizens and tourists who may have little background in archaeology, anthropology, or the history of the culture featured. Walker presents the key components of the anthropological study of tourism as a global phenomenon, with particular emphasis on the more prominent arguments for how and why tourism is a universal and meaningful human activity. The highly controversial topic of authenticity is examined, with special attention given to how 'authentic' has been defined and how it relates to the ways in which archaeological sites, artifacts, and cultural traditions are presented - or not presented - to the visiting public.The ephemeral promise of 'authenticity' drives the heritage tourism industry, which is a key consideration for the long-term economy of the Maya Riviera and elsewhere. Through analysis of seven archaeological sites on the Yucatan peninsula that are open to heritage touring, Walker reveals the planned growth of the Maya Riviera since the early 1970s and examines the impact of international tourism on both ancient structures and the contemporary Maya people and culture.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780817355142 20160528
Green Library

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