Mapping Out Calakmul (1997)

Photo: Sergey Yeliseev, Sitio From the archives (1997) by Cynthia Brink and Laray Polk Mexico — When my partner Laray and I began planning a college field study course focusing on archaeology, iconography and history of the Maya, both she (as professor) and I (as Mexico liaison) knew that we would have to make a …

Defending the Land of the Jaguar

Book cover Kudos to author Lane Simonian for producing the definitive account of Mexican environmental history. Defending the Land of the Jaguar (1996) which traces the history of conservation and environmentalism in Mexico from the pre-Conquest era to the early 90s. Originally published by University of Texas Press, it was translated and published in Spanish …

Mercados Turisticos de Oaxaca (1996)

Photo: Rogelio Ballesteros Castro, Feria de Turismo Rural Ron Mader: From the archives – the 1996 masters thesis of Rogelio Ballesteros Castro. His considered deep dive in developing tourism alternatives and options in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico was a strong influence in making my move to Oaxaca City later on (2001-2013). This work made …