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The Ch′orti′ Maya AreaPast and Present$
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Brent Metz, Cameron L. McNeil, and Kerry M. Hull

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033310

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033310.001.0001

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The Mystery of Charles Wisdom: Producing Chorti Ethnography during the Great Depression, 1930–1940

The Mystery of Charles Wisdom: Producing Chorti Ethnography during the Great Depression, 1930–1940

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(p.274) (p.275) 20 The Mystery of Charles Wisdom: Producing Chorti Ethnography during the Great Depression, 1930–1940
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The Ch′orti′ Maya Area
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Charles Lincoln Vaughan

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033310.003.0020

This chapter focuses on Charles Wisdom's ethnography about the Ch'orti titled The Chorti Indians of Guatemala, which was published by the University of Chicago Press in October 1940. It explores the formation of Wisdom's germinal ethnography by analyzing his personal and professional efforts to navigate the formative yet turbulent waters of Depression-era Mayan anthropology and scholarship from the inception of his anthropological studies and fieldwork through to the final publication of his book. Since its publication, Wisdom's ethnography has been used primarily as a source of unproblematized ethnographic details about the Ch'orti' speakers he lived in amongst during the early 1930s.

Keywords:   Charles Wisdom, Ch'orti' ethnography, Ch'orti', Guatemala, Mayan anthropology

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