1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Socio-political structures that govern the cultural practice of making milpa among the Mopan Maya of Belize

Over 3000 years of inhabiting the lowland regions of Central America, the Mopan Maya have developed and practiced the Milpa agriculture. This system of agriculture is sensitive to the region's ecology. Coupled with this knowledge of farming, a series of cultural practices are refined that maintain social stability and natural environment protection that transcends to the spiritual world. This presentation explores elements of Mopan Maya traditional ecological Knowledge persistence in Belize as it relates to Milpa and the associated traditions that closely link individual members of the community by the concepts of 'Kol' and 'Tzik'. This study shows that milpa agriculture is far more important than a simple source of food production and may be a strategy for the cultural survival of the Mopan Maya.


Event Date: 
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Pio Saqui
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Ph.D. University of Florida & University of Belize
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