The Role of Maize in Forming and Maintaining Community in Arroyo Sacasiguan, Guatemala

deBeausset, Sasha Mae


  • Maize is the staple of Guatemalan diet. Beyond being the fundamental nutritional base in many indigenous households in the form of the tortilla, the tortilla also has a vital spiritual and communal function. Through examining the way that people interact with maize throughout its life cycle, we are able to see the fundamental role it plays in maintaining community support systems, indicating socia... read more
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