“Wright’s unpretentious narrative blends anthropology, archaeology, history, and politics with his own entertaining excursions and encounters, and . . . teaches us a lot about the way a culture endures.”The New Yorker
Time Among the Maya
Travels in Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico
978-0-8021-3728-9 • $16.00 • Paperback • Sep. 2000
The Maya of Central America have been called the Greeks of the New World. In the first millennium A.D. they created the most intellectually and artistically advanced civilization native to the Americas, and in ensuing centuries, as neighboring empires fell in warfare and to the Spanish invasion, the Maya endured, shaken but never destroyed.
Ronald Wright’s journey through time and space in Central America explores not only the lands of the ancient Maya, but also the heritage of the five million people who preserve a Mayan identity today. His circular travels begin in tiny Belize, take him through the Guatemalan jungle and into the blood-stained highlands of that sinister republic, and end in Mexico, where the Maya are afflicted by massive development. Blending archaeology, history, ethnology, and journalism, Wright creates a fascinating profile of these “People of Time,” and he employs their famously sophisticated calendar in the narrative of his own journey. Wright’s exploration of the region and its peoples is a perceptive and entertaining chronicle. Time Among the Maya is travel writing at its broadest and best, and confirms Wright’s reputation as a master-craftsman of the genre.