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Friday, May 14, 2010

Taft Lecture, Anthropology: Dr Matthew Restall "Are the maya really afro-maya?"

Dr. Matthew Restall
(Pennsylvania State University) Gives the talk:Are the Maya Really Afro-Maya? (The Lost History of Afro-Yucatan)

Professor Restall recently published The Black Middle, the first full-length study of black African slaves and other people of African descent in the Spanish colonial province of Yucatan. Using Spanish and Maya-language documents from the 16th through 19th centuries, found in a dozen archives in four countries, Restall explores such topics as slavery and freedom, militia service and family life, bigamy and witchcraft, and the ways in which Afro-Yucatecans interacted with Mayas and Spaniards. The book has profound implications for the study both of the African Diaspora and of the Maya since the Conquest.

Date of Lecture: April 29 2010

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